Learn to Play: Isaiah Sharkey on Space and Dynamics In D'Angelo's "Till It's Done"

When we sat down with Isaiah Sharkey not too long ago, the first thing he showed us was how he diversifies his guitar playing by incorporating piano-like rolls into his blues riffs. But the lessons didn't stop there.

In the video above, Isaiah talks about the importance of dynamics and creating space in your playing. He compares this process in music to having a conversation with another person—if you're talking over each other, everything is cluttered. In his own words, "Sometimes not playing actually helps." Isaiah goes on to demonstrate how adding emphasis to certain notes and muting others gives your playing much-needed character.

Poised to take center stage as he fuses together his background in rock, gospel, jazz, R&B, blues, and funk to create an original sound with an unmistakable dose of soul, Isaiah's first digital album is now available. Check out his debut release entitled Love.Life.Live.

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