Language fits over experience like a straight-jacket. —William Golding
The guitar, like any instrument, has its own intrinsic limitations that define its musical character. Though challenging, this is the stuff that makes it interesting to play guitar. It’s like chess. Or language. Or mathematics. It’s like stringing sentences together.
Like chess, you’ve got a matrix and then you can move stuff on it. Some limitations are arbitrary, like the number of strings, the tuning system, and the fact that it’s a fretted instrument; some less so, like the number of fingers on your hands, and limits to how far you can bend them and how fast you can move them for how long and in what specific ways.
This much is a given. It’s the comes with the ticket.
But the self-imposed limitation of interacting with the guitar through sloppy pseudo systems? Limiting your understanding of music through the guitar to fingering boxes?
The guitar (if not understood) fits over music like a straight-jacket. There, I said it.
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