Tone is in your fingers

This is article is to share with all my friends who have myth about equipment.

这篇文章来自37 signals的founder的书Rework,摘自Progress一章。

Guitar gurus say: “Tone is in your fingers”. You can buy the same guitar, effects pedals, and amplifier that Eddie Van Halen uses. But when you play that rig, it’s still going to sound like you.

Likewise, Eddie could plug into a crappy Strat/Pignose setup at a pawn shop, and you’d still be able to recognize that it’s Eddie Van Halen playing. Fancy gear can help, but the truth is your tone come from you.

It’s tempting for people to obsess over tools instead of what they’re going to do with those tools. You know the type: Designers who use an avalanche of funky typefaces and fancy Photoshop filters but don’t have anything to say. Amateur photographers who want to debate film versus digital endlessly instead of focusing on what actually makes a photograph great.

Many amateur golfers think they need expensive clubs. But it’s the swing that matters, not the club. Give Tiger Woods a set of cheap clubs and he’ll still destroy you. People use equipment as a crutch. They don’t want to put in the hours on the driving range so they spend a ton in the pro shop.They’re looking for a shortcut. But you just don’t need the best guitar in the world to be good. And you definitely don;t need  it to get started.