Friday, July 8, 2005

Dave Edmunds Considers Sheet Music To Be Cheating

MONMOUTH, England (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – You think athletes who use steroids are cheating? Well, guitarist Dave Edmunds feels the same about musicians who play off of sheet music.

Edmunds – who is best-known for the 1970 hit, “I Hear You Knocking” – says he believes the best musicians learn their instrument by ear and discounts the use of sheet music as “an obsolete way of recording.”

In his words, “That’s what they used before they had recording devices. But while it marks out the pitch and intervals, it’s very difficult to write out feel, although they try to do it with latin words.”

While Edmunds thinks reading music is a bunch of “sheet,” he’s not against tradition.

In fact, his new CD, Alive And Pickin’, features him reviving a thumb pick guitar style inspired by Chet Atkins and Scotty Moore.

As he puts it, “It’s a very difficult style to master. I’ve seen some young pickers try and do it but they’re few and far between because it’s a hard way to make a living.”

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