Watch the Strengths & Weaknesses online guitar lesson by Paul Brown from Smooth Jazz Handbook
Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is very important. A lot of people say that they don't hear any weaknesses in my playing. That's because I don't play anything that I know that I don't play well. I think that people can hear through what you are playing. When you're playing something that you feel really strong about, even if it's only one note. If you are playing that with conviction, you know you're telling your story, and you're really feeling it that's way more effective than playing some arpeggio that you've worked on that sounds like an arpeggio that you worked on! When I'm procduing artists I always stay away from things that sound like a scale. A lot of people have that in their style - it sounds like they're playing scales, they are playing them well, but it sounds like a scale.I don't want to hear that. I think people are more effected by a strong melodic concept that doesn't have anything to do with scales or arpeggios; it just happens. Knowing where your strengths are, and especially when you're performing and laying into those things and just playing them with conviction is way more important than trying to include some sort of technical thing that really isn't in your wheel house. It's nice to push yourself and try to come up with new concepts but knowing where your strengths are is more important.