Plini Talks New Sounds with Young Guitarists

By 
Bryan Parys
July 23, 2019

"My goal with writing guitar parts is always to bring together things I like that haven't been brought together before."

Plini demos a guitar style in his clinic
Plini talks with the audience at his clinic on campus
Australian prog-metal virtuoso guitarist Plini demos one of his arrangements for students at a guitar clinic in David Friend Recital Hall.
During the clinic, Plini engaged with questions from the audience about his writing habits, gear, and his approach to harmony.
Image by Ben Pu
Image by Ben Pu

Australian guitarist Plini, who's consistently ranked as one of the world's best progressive rock guitarists, was on campus this week to talk chops with guitar students. After getting a late start due to a delay at the airport ("Luckily we're in a field where improvisation is respected," he quipped), his clinic shifted between live demos of works in progress and a candid Q&A with the audience.

"My goal with writing guitar parts or music in general is always to bring together things that I like that haven't been brought together before. I think if you can do that in a way that is different to what has been done before, that's what makes it original and personal, because we're all using the same gear and notes."

—Plini, on his composition technique

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