Derek Trucks

In conjunction with the recent release of the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s new Live from the Fox Oakland album and DVD, Music Radar asked Derek Trucks to share his top five tips for guitarists. First on the list was the edict, “Don’t just listen to guitar players.” “Listen to vocalists or horn players or other instruments,” said Trucks. “When I'm playing, more often than not, I'm thinking about melodies. I’m not thinking patterns; I’m thinking as a singer. Even if you're not singing onstage, you should be singing through your instrument.”

Trucks’ final tip was simple and straightforward: “Have patience and keep working at it.” “Don't be in a rush!” he said. “Have patience. The beauty of music and playing guitar is you can do it forever. It's not sports, where you have a shelf life. If I was a professional athlete, this would probably be my retirement tour, because I’m 37. It's amazing to see Les Paul up there in his '90s and even B.B. [King] at the end, just getting to see those guys keep rolling. We're lucky to do what we do for a living.”

Click here to read Trucks’ other top guitar tips.