“I don’t want you to play me a riff that is going to impress Joe Satriani; give me a riff that makes a kid want to go out and buy a guitar and learn to play…” — Ozzy Osbourne
Yes, I know… but Ozzy is not a guitarist! Ok, but Ozzy completely has a knack for working with and hiring some of the best day to day guitar players in history. (If you would like to see some examples, check out this post at Gibson Guitar.)
In the guitar world, you are going to run into smack talkers, cork sniffers, and elitist snobbery. From style of playing/music, to brand of guitar, pedals, even down to brand of strings… And just like everything else, the folks who have the time to cut down are usually not keeping busy by producing anything of value.
Ozzy has this dead on, I believe. Sit at home and work on some insane piece of work that only a handful of sound players may… if they even hear it ever… give you a one second nod of recognition. Or, be of more value to the legacy of music by not being overly concerned to impress and just get out and inspire people to play. The choice is yours.
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