M: Thanks for the well intentioned advice Nabs. I'll take it to heart. What I 
am getting from you is that when I am singing outside without a mike to an 
audience many meters away, I should sound more like a guy sitting in the corner 
of a quiet recording room inches from a mike. And when I am covering a fast 
Elmore James song I should play it like another song that is slower.

You got some mighty fine ears on ya boy!

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <no_re...@yahoogroups.com> wrote :

 "If Curtis were as bad as you say, what do you think he should do to improve?"

 Good question. First of all I'd recommend practise, practise, practise. He 
could start by hitting one note at a time, just one note and listening to it, 
how it sounds, vibrates and how the sound slowly disappears. Just that, very 
simply and innoscently create one sound, and then listen to it, how pleasing is 
that sound, does it sound better doing it in another way ?  And again, and 
again, and again. By doing this one acquires an understanding of the basics and 
a love for the note itself. Without this basics one is lost and will never 
achieve anything. One should understand that the ability to play fast on any 
instrument is not the same as playing music. To be able to play slowly is the 
hallmark of a professional.
  Many amateurs, like Curtis, make this mistake; they skip the basics and try 
to convey too much.
 I recommend you to listen to the video I posted by Robert Johnson. Where is 
the showmanship in this ? There isn't any because his heart is in it. When you 
listen to this, perhaps you better understand my disgust when fellows like 
Curtis comes along claiming to play the blues.

 Robert Johnson - Kind Hearted Woman Blues (1936) 

 Robert Johnson - Kind Hearted Woman Blues (1936) 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82yNxiF-T4A This Song contains the only guitar 
solo Robert Johnson ever recorded. I very good example for his amazing talent. 
He plays rhythm and lead guitar on one inst...

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