…but can you play.
For those of us that remember back in 1985, during the heyday of MTV, Billy Crystal put out a video featuring his Saturday Night Live persona “‘Nando” called “You Look Marvelous.” In the video, he says, “My father told me, ”Nando don’t be a schnook. It’s not how you feel, but HOW YOU LOOK!'” Well, as I mentioned in a previous article, looking good is one thing, but playing good is entirely different matter. 🙂
I will submit that how you feel is ultra-important to playing well. Again, I’m going to draw a parallel between golf and guitar. Recently, I stepped up to playing with fairly expensive golf balls. Up to that point, I couldn’t really justify playing with “tour” caliber balls because I was just getting back into the game; so I opted with cheap balls that I didn’t mind losing should I hit an errant shot. But I’ve been hitting a lot more consistently as of late, so before my last round, I purchased some balls that cost about $43 per 4-pack. That’s quite expensive. However, the way they felt and in turn made me feel when I hit them compels me to always buy those.
I wrote an article about that on my golf blog. After I wrote it, I saw yet another connection that I could draw from golf to guitar; and that is that how you “feel” when you’re playing totally affects how you play. If you don’t feel comfortable with your gear, you’re going to fidget and f-up. You’re going to be constantly adjusting to find the comfort zone. If you’re stressed out – as I covered in a recent article – you’re going to mess up, and completely limit your creativity.
So the moral of the story is the exact opposite of “You Look Marvelous.” It’s not how you look, it’s how you feel…
BTW, here’s the original video. It’s hilarious: