Alex Skolnick: guitarplayerdaily interview

It was very challenging, and at first I couldn’t really understand why it worked. When I first started looking at these chords and their substitutions I would think, “These are technically wrong but they work, they sound great,” so it was hard to get past that issue when I first started. After a while I began to understand that it had a lot to do with placement, with timing and rhythm. Which is one of the things that isn’t emphasized enough early on in jazz education. It’s not that scales, chords and arpeggios aren’t important, but rhythm is much more important than we can possibly realize when we first start studying jazz.
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