Peter Hodgson’s recent Guitar World article on the inherent value of making mistakes is a great look at perfectionism and how it is the death of all things creative.

Though I’m not a shredder, Hodgson is to be sure, this lesson applies to any type of player at any skill level. Audiences feed off creative and emotionally charged playing whether it’s note for note accurate or not. Learning to let it all hang out, to let go and be a part of the music…now that’s playing the guitar!

Here’s what Hodgson says,

I can remember trying for what seemed like weeks to nail the intro lick to “Here and Now” from Steve Vai’s Sex and Religion album (You can hear the track below). When I finally got it, I was the happiest dude in the world. I ran out to tell my dad and, with a knowing look, he said, “Great. Now do it again.” Smartass.

I guess the old adage “Once is a mistake, twice is jazz” works the other way, too: Once is a fluke, twice is a … good start?

I love that last line! It’s so true. Cheers!

By the way I’ve included that Vai track and by all means go check out Hodgson’s entire article at Guitar World: Making Mistakes makes you a Better Guitar Player