Cool, i'm glad I'm not the only one. *Lately, I've also become less and less obssessed about technique. *I remember my old practice regime consisting mainly of alternate picking sequences and metronome exercises. *I would do it for hours each day until my hands couldn't take it anymore. *I became so ****
about it. *
My moment of revelation came after many improvising sessions,where I would be playing over couple of jam tracks. *Each time, i would pull off these uninsipiring scalar runs, I ended up sounding really lame, repetitious, and mechanical. *To put it simply, my phrasing sucked big time! *I was definitely in a musical rut.
After that moment of epiphany, I tried restructuring my whole practice method, as well as, my approach to guitar. *I remember buying Paul Gilbert's Intense Rock II video, that vid changed my life because in the last, but the most important, segment of that video he talks about a "whole new method of practicing" ("....it's the new hip thing....metronome is history..."
) *For those who have watched this video, you know what I'm talking about ....so i'm not going to bother explaining it
Anyways, I took heed of his words and practiced it accordingly. *I never felt so liberated. *I learned a new way to practice my phrasing, *where I tried to let my brain instead of my fingers do all of the talking, while becoming less obssessed about technique and metronoming. *Approaching guitar playing that way certainly felt more natural to me. *My phrasing has been improving ever since. *
Andrew, i don't think you're crazy at all. *You raised a very excellent point IMHO. *Music is not all just about technique, it is also about rhythmic feel and dynamics.