This is the most bizarre opinion I have read on this board so far. You think we don't grow and improve? We reach a certain point as musicians and never get better? WTF!!?
Really strange. I give up on this thread already.
You tell me how we become better once we're at Vai/Dimeola level?
Once you master 64th notes, memorize your scales and modes, and the ability to play in time melodically...where do you go?
Mastering other styles doesn't make you better, it expands your repertoire. and makes you more well rounded IMHO.
Learning the craft of songwriting/arrangement doesn't make you a better player, does it? Or does it expand your repetoire?
There aren't metal modes vs jazz modes or scales. There are just modes. Some lend themselves better to certain styles but there is no rule with which we live by is there?
Andres Segovia was considered the best, but he couldn't use a tremelo. If he had included the electric guitar and a mastery of New Wave would he have been considered a better player, or just more well rounded? I don't think him playing Captain Fingers from Ritenour would've made him a better player do you?
Makita drills don't make you a better player, do they?
Playing with your teeth?
Setting the guitar on fire?
Playing with a violin bow?
Flipping the guitar around your neck?
Is chicken pickin' making Vai any better, or just more well rounded?
Maybe I do have bizarre opinions, but what do you do to improve when you are at those levels??