I guess what I was trying to say is basically the same assessment of all your’s to a certain degree. I don’t think these guys are secretly hoarding their technique, villainously twisting their mustaches and laughing at all our attempts to learn. Yeah, they just can’t articulate it because it’s instinctive, they lack the knowledge or verbiage about what they’re doing or, in some cases, can only explain it in a nebulous, meandering fashion because they’re trying to impart wisdom instead of the physical aspect of it(Vai and Satriani are consistently guilty of the latter kind of explanations). It certainly doesn’t diminish my appreciation of their abilities but it is mildly frustrating in a “head scratching” humorous kind of way.
@JonJon I think I remember that interview and I almost spit out my Cheerios laughing at that Nuno comment. A perfect summation of what some of these guy’s awareness is of what they’re doing. I also picked golf up “later” in life. I’m terrible but put a significant amount of time into getting better. I’ve also drawn a lot of personal correlations about getting better at golf and getting better at guitar. It ties into my next point.
I will say this though, on a slight tangent. There is, IMO, an inherent difference between people who are successful at what they attempt and those who are not. Be it music, sports, business, etc. Not every great guitar player or musician is Mozart or some kind of prodigious wunderkind, although some are.
My bet, though, is that all of them have the innate ability to buckle down and focus on the task at hand. And yeah, they have that ability to focus intensely, intrinsically or it was imparted very early in life. It’s THAT congenital facility that separates them. It’s not just famous people either. I’ve seen plenty of examples of amazing playing from you guys which requires that same amount of focus.
So the common thread in these people and people who are successful in general isn’t necessarily inborn musical talent, body intelligence or an aptitude for a certain ability. It’s an intuitive capacity to center their attention on a particular task.
Kind of plays into the propensity to sometimes poorly convey what they’re doing academically. Teaching requires it’s own separate discipline as well. Makes me really appreciate what the team here is doing.