I love shooting pictures with a 50mm lens because it makes you have to work within the limitations of the frame.
These limitations make me focus on the small things. When you do this enough, it permeates your everyday life; you start to notice little intricacies and details you would not have otherwise. You realize that there is so much more to see and experience than you ever could have imagined.
What they are playing is not as important as how they play it. If you watch footage of the masters of this style of music you will notice that they are almost always holding down a chord.
These players are barely moving their left hand, but somehow produce amazingly complex sounding music.
The secret behind this complexity is in understanding the many sounds you can get out of holding down a single chord. The secret to the master’s playing isn’t in their fretting hand, but in their picking hand. The thumb of their right hand is always keeping time while his other fingers play something else.
An aphorism that sums up this idea is: ‘your left hand is what you know, your right hand is who you are.’
If you can get the left hand down, then you can focus on mastering right hand techniques, which is where the soul of the music resides.
If you think this type of playing sounds interesting then check out my instructional video of Catfish Blues to see how much mileage you can get out of a 1st position E chord (and that video just scratches the surface!).