It appears Joe Bonamassa seems to think so. In other words lots of guitar players today rely on pedals to give them a sound rather really learn how to play the instrument.
You know, most people who pick up guitar aren’t doing it to become players for a living. Most just want to play for fun. And since there are so many pedals which can take you into places of sonic goodness without spending enormous amounts of time learning how to play the guitar well….I think it makes sense.
But I shall go out on a limb and say that I do wish more players actually cared about the artform of playing the guitar and playing it well. To perform vocal parts with the guitar. To write and perform amazing melodies with the guitar. To really get that baby to sing like the many greats before us. But it takes a lot of work, a lot of dedication, and not looking for short term gains. The pedals help accentuate what you already have. They are like the frosting on the cake below which took you a long time to make.
Yeah……Electric Guitar is an artform to my ears, mind, and eyes. An artform many new players aren’t that willing to pursue. But for the few that do, I hope you will share the work and their journey with your friends. Especially if its something which really reaches in and effects you.