You have a musical longing inside. Some emotion, something deep that needs to be expressed. What enables you to express it?
What will enable you to express even better?
The more technique you have, the better equipped you are to express yourself more fully. That’s it. End of story.
If you are feeling an emotion that is best expressed in a flurry of fast notes, but you can’t play notes quickly, then you can not express yourself clearly.
If you are feeling an emotion akin to a crying, wailing bend, but don’t know how to bend a note, then you can not express yourself clearly.
If you are feeling an emotion that requires you to play very quietly, but you can’t play notes quietly, you can not express yourself clearly.
I could go on with tons more examples, but I think you get the point. The more technique you have, the more free you are to express yourself.
If I want to cut a board, and I have a hammer and nails, but no saw. I’m out of luck.
That’s what it’s like to lack technique.
So when you’re investing the time into learning technique, be encouraged that you are making a great investment of time!
We should always be devoting time to learning new techniques to learn on our instrument. And there will ALWAYS and FOREVER be new techniques to learn.
It’s the learning and growing that are part of what make the journey so fun.
May we all gain more and better technique!