Mick Goodrick’s Guitar Player Articles
Mick Goodrick has been a central inspiration for my development on the guitar for over 10 years. His landmark book, The Advancing Guitarist was a huge eye-opener (like it was for many guitarists at that time). With the release of his newest book, Creative Harmony I went back through of some of the Mick Goodrick stuff I had collected over the years. He wrote a series of columns for Guitar Player magazine in the early nineties called “The Thinking Guitarist” that are a precursor to his book.
The thing that strikes me about these is his tireless commitment to creativity. He finds some interesting corners of the guitar and jazz, and is creative in the way he describes them and teaches the concepts. If you’ve checked out his books you know some of his ways of teaching, a lot of it is DIY-you make up your own exercises and find your own chords. He won’t hold your hand through any of it. It’s almost like he’s just shining a light on these concepts and you have to incorporate them into your playing on your own and in your own way.
One great way to work with this material is to take one idea at a time. Then you can work through that by writing your own exercises and etudes. That way you can successfully work it into your own playing vocabulary. Feel free to share any of your own etudes or ideas below!
Enjoy these articles-I collected them during my years at college where they had back issues of Guitar Player. I hope you can find some useful stuff here. They are definitely a reference to keep checking back with over the months/years, you will find new interesting stuff every time!