How to apply the AOV2/Technique vs. principlesDecember 6th, 2010
I mentioned in an earlier post that the AOV is about fundamentals, not techniques.
What’s the difference?
Techniques are the physical manifestations of fundamentals.
Think of building cars.
If you’re going to build a car, the technique would be the actual design of the car, and the principles, the considerations that drive that design, such as aerodynamics, fuel efficiency, etc.
Yes, you can come up with any design you want, but unless it follows the same basic principles of good car design – aerodynamics, efficiency etc – it probably won’t run very well.
The same is true of guitar playing or anything else we do, you can come up with the latest trends, innovate all kinds of new approaches, but if they go against the basic principles of economy and efficacy, they won’t be very effective.
And that’s what the principles in the AOV are about.
They’re the basic fundamentals that drive everything we do.
Use them to evaluate the efficacy of new techniques. Apply them to make sure that you optimize the use of your resources. And constantly monitor your body to make sure you do not forget them as you strive to develop your capabilities to the max.