Finding your own musical voice
For the past 15 years I've done all my music on my beloved Kurzweil K2000 keyboard.
But "sampled" electric guitar is a challenge using a keyboard, just doesn't have all the expression I want (I'm talking about complex rhythm parts with nuances, not just lead guitar...which is actually easier in some ways). And since I played guitar from 1970 to 1986 as my primary instrument...well, it seemed obvious to me that I should *use* a guitar for those sounds.
I went out and bought a Stratocaster...my first electric.
I was pretty good on acoustic guitar (if I say so myself . People DID pay money to hear me). And fingerpicking was my strong suit.
I have been a fan of Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits. Therefore I did a lot of listening to his music to hear how that "fingerpicked electric Strat sound "works.
Well, in 5 weeks of regular, focused practice, I found I was getting things up to a very nice level.
I wrote my first song. I did the backing track, and called in my wife to have a listen.
I picked up my strat, checked my effects pedal setup, hit the space bar on the PC to start the "band" rolling, and took off into my new song.
When I finished my song, I looked at my wife expectantly.
She said, "It's good. It sounds like Mark Knopfler."
<sigh> I should have known that would happen.
I LOVE Mark Knopfler, but I don't want to sound just like him. Who wants to be a "copy"?
Of course... Mark Knopfler sounds a bit like B.B. King, who sounds a bit like...
But anyway, how DO you find your own voice? It's frustrating.
(Seems like all the good stuff is already taken!!)