Adam Rafferty

For Fingerstyle Guitarists – Effects & Tapping vs Melody

This weekend I got a chance to listen to some wonderful young guitar players, but it brought me back to an issue I try to explain over and over when I teach workshops.
Many fingerstyle guitarists today are forgetting about the most important aspect of music – melody. I think this is due to a basic lack of musical study, and the lack of asking the basic question “what is music?”
Without an inquiry into what music actually is, one can get lost by simply copying whats trendy and popular on Youtube and in magazines.

Musical textures, techniques, rhythms, and special effects do