Alex Hutchings was here for a Roland clinic yeterday (16-9-12). He's an incredible player, nothing short of talent & a big proponent of feel so every now & then we'd get to see him do some facial expressions in relation to what he plays. This pic is one such moment just before he finished his track.
I picked up some key pointers in terms of equipment & playing philosophy. Somethng that still sticks in my mind is the fact that he has a set of .008s in his guitar. Is this being trendy? Of course not, it's strictly supplementing his light touches; he's that kinda player who doesn't pick too hard because it'll only deteriorate his tone & feel. Many of us fell into the thicker strings = better tone trap too often because we are either just starting out & listen too much to what others have to say or we try to emulate our idols & replicate their set up. We need to be bold & assess our needs more than anything else.