Yvette Young on today’s guitar players: “We are becoming more focused on textures and musicality rather than virtuosity”

“I think actually more people are inspired to pick it up thanks to how guitar music has more diverse representation.”

Yvette Young has shared her thoughts on the state of modern guitar playing, saying today’s players are more concerned with “textures and musicality” rather than straight up virtuosity.

The math rock luminary offered the opinion in the cover feature of Guitar Magazine’s May 2021 issue. How To Be A Modern Guitarist asked an array of artists for their thoughts on issues spanning social media to inclusivity, sustainability and more.

“I don’t think guitar is ‘dying’,” she told Guitar Magazine. “I think actually more people are inspired to pick it up thanks to how guitar music is progressing and more diverse representation.

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“It’s becoming more diverse and people are becoming more open-minded to the different applications of guitar. We are becoming more focused on textures and musicality rather than virtuosity.”

Elsewhere in the conversation, Young also gave her thoughts on ethical sustainability in the six-string realm, highlighting possible goals guitar brands could strive for in order to go greener.

“Reduce the amount of waste in the manufacturing process, and create longer-lasting high-quality products that don’t break in a short amount of time,” she said.

Check out Yvette Young’s acoustic guitar arrangement for Utada Hikaru’s Simple And Clean, below:

Learn more about the May 2021 issue of Guitar Magazine, here.

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