UK based musician, producer, composer, arranger, music educator and journalist, Shaun Baxter tells us the process of developing all the different schools he had worked on. Shaun talks about developing a perfect technique and creating various exercises in guitar playing. Shaun also shares with us the power of visualisation for learning guitar and the bridge between jazz and heavy metal.
” If you have perfect technique, you can play anything. ”
– Shaun Baxter
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Worst Moment in Music
- When Shaun was in college one of the people that was very influential in making the moves from Wales to London was John Sloman, who was singing for Gary Moore at that time. Shaun was introduced to him at a club and started chatting with John about what a great guitar player Shaun was. John called Shaun and gave him a chance to play for John’s demo tape for EMI. Shaun ended up doing John’s album ” Disappearances Can Be Deceptive “. Shaun moved to London to work with John and made loads of contacts. Shaun started rehearsing for John’s album, with John on Vocals, Shaun and Pino Palladino, and drummer John Munro and it was going great rehearsals were sounding good. Shaun felt that he was playing well, but John drop Shaun and used a different guitar player. One of the songs on some rehearsals, Shaun had tricky delay settings and Shaun found out that John felt nervous and mistakenly thought that Shaun was gonna do on the gig. Shaun learned to treat any rehearsals as a dress rehearsals. The rejection made Shaun more resolved to bounce back and a couple of years later released Shaun’s debut album ” The Band Leader “.
Musical Lightbulb Moment
- It happened when Shaun was in college. After 2-3 years of playing, Shaun was a bit of Michael Schenker clone. Shaun had a Flying V and even a catsuit, but what Shaun didn’t realize was that he was only part way of the process. Shaun did not know if he had serious his ambition, but Shaun was content to hold on the coattails of somebody of somebody that already had a style and by emulating them, it helped to elevate music and guitar playing in terms of Shaun’s learning and it was an inspiring and positive thing. It was only when Shaun played in a garage band rehearsal take to a friend of Shaun’s in his college. His friend told Shaun that he sounded like Michael Schenker. It took a while for the penny to drop, but effectively what he was saying was Shaun was going to be condemned to join the very long queue of copyist. Shaun said that the penny that drop there for him was, Shaun needed something individual, something you need to offer because it’s only when you’ve got that, that you can set yourself aside from the competition and be in demand for what you do. That’s the only way that you’re gonna leave your mark musically.
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