I wrapped up my lesson yesterday playing this with my instructor. I was feeling pretty good, when I was done, Mike says to me “so Sarge, are you going to play this song or are you going to just play it”? I knew what he was saying. I’ve been playing the song fine but he was trying to get me to see that there was more to it than just play it. He wanted me to realize that I need to practice it to the point where it was more than just playing. To the point where when I played it, I played that bad boy like I owned it.
So what will it take to “own” a song? It’s going to take hours of dedication a day concentrating on the song when practicing. The hours of work to separate you from everyone else that is jamming. Hours of practice so that when you are done you can look at the people there and you see that look in their eyes that says “dang, that boy nailed it”.
So what’s it going to be? Are you going to play the song or are you going to PLAY the song?