Maybe you’re one of those guitarists who’s always posting their playing on social media, using all the right hashtags, and tagging all the best shout-out accounts. Then again, maybe you’re not that kind of guitarist at all, but you know what?
You should be.
Here’s why posting your playing regularly on social media might be more beneficial than you realize:
It creates an invaluable Routine of intentional playing
Whether you post once a week, every so often, or every day, playing for a post is playing with intention. For many players (myself included), practicing can easily turn into mindless, indirect noodling. When we know we’re creating something that others are going to hear, we’re more likely to care about things like composition, technique, and tone, and the more often we’re in that mindset, the more comfortable we’ll be when we’re in more formal recording situations.
It gives you a Reason to play and practice
If we’re going to go to the trouble of posting our playing in the first place, we’re going to care about whether or not people view, like, and comment on our posts, no matter how nonchalant we claim to be. Since our posts are going to be competing with thousands of others like them, it’s in our best interest to be in tip-top guitar playing shape, and there’s no other way to make that happen then through dedicated practice. In the end, the likes and comments are nice, but they’re way less valuable than the chops we’ll be building along the way.
It serves as a Record of your progress
One of the most useful things about social media archiving is that it creates a running, dated record of the player we were last week, last month, or last year. Every player feels discouraged by an apparent lack of progress from time to time, so it can be particularly uplifting to see the way our playing has evolved. A social media archive is the perfect platform for this kind of reflection, whether we’re trying to nail down techniques, grow compositionally, or sculpt our tone.
It elicits a Response from the guitar community
Perhaps the most unique, interesting, and unpredictable aspect of posting your playing to social media is the way other players and music fans react to your posts. Whether they’re encouragement, appreciation, or even unsolicited critique, the comments and other reactions to your posts are as validating as they are potentially useful. My own social media posts have opened doors I would have never expected from that kind of platform, and chances are, yours will too!
If you’re going to play guitar anyway, and you have an internet connection, you should be posting your playing. When you do post, be sure to use #IAmArticulate, and may your music (and your posts) always say what you mean!