Plugging into a huge Marshall stack, pushing the volume up to 11, and hitting that first power chord is a life altering moment for us guitar players. If you have not done this yet, you must go now and do it.
But, as awesome as that is, I believe that we should often play and practice without being plugged into an amp. What? Yes, that means keeping that nice Marshall Stack off most of the times. Why?
- You will learn to be more accurate since you won’t have distortion and effects covering up your flaws.
- When you come up with licks and riffs that sound great acoustically, imagine how great they’ll be through that stack.
- You will be able to play more often without bothering anyone. No more excuses like it’s late, my kids are doing their homework, etc.
- You might explore some other genres which could add richness to your playing.
- You might be inspired to write more instead of spending endless hours of dive bombing and pinching harmonics.