There are some of us in the guitar playing community who just enjoy a strum every now and again (who doesn’t?) and then others who like to put a more formal structure around their playing – neither of which are better than the other.
I do however, think that there is one detail that everyone should pay a little mind to, and that is… timing!!
So, what is timing?
So, the important words in there are choice and judgement and control.
Well, maybe – but if you are playing with other musicians or along to a track, or you just want your music to flow timing is EVERYTHING!
Timing and FEEL.
Of course, you might say “But John, I’m a LEAD guitarist – I don’t care for any of that RHYTHM nonsense – what are you chatting about, fool??”
My answer would be that you’re the fool –
Music is primarily about the rhythm as far as I’m concerned, the rest comes after that.
Chords, melodies, solos, drum beats, bass lines… it’s got to groove, feel right and of course, be in time.
Next time you practice, put on a metronome, or even better a drum beat and try playing along with it. Listen to the overall picture – are you in time? Does it groove?