In the Guitar Hackers Spotlight series, we get to know our fellow students. Each one of you has a story that deserves to be heard and we’re grateful to be a part of your guitar journey. Today, we get to know our friend, Arnaud Godefroy.
Tell us a little about yourself (where you’re from, favorite food, pets, etc.)
Hi, my name is Arnaud Godefroy, I come from France from a small village near Paris. I love the peace and quiet, but also the good evenings of rock to metal concerts, meals with family and friends washed down with beer of course! I have a good old 12 year old Jack Russell whom I adore as well as an awesome wife and son.
My favorite food is French, but also Japanese or Moroccan
What made you decide to pick up guitar?
it’s not complicated, I love the style (shape, colors, etc.) of the instrument, the technical and musical possibilities, but above all, the story that emerges from it.
Who are some of your favorite guitar players?
Complicated question, because there are so many that I like, both well-known and lesser-known. Let’s say: Andy Timmons, Neil Zaza, Marco Sfogli, Segey Golovin, Jacky Vincent, Slash, Olaf Thorsen (Labyrinth), Zakk Wylde, Jason Backer, Georges Lynch, Kiko Loureiro and so many others!
What are you hoping to accomplish with your guitar playing?
I would like to be comfortable on the neck of my guitar (like everyone else I think haha). More precisely, to know how to clearly play different types of chords (with enrichments) on a harmonic progression. To improvise what I have in my head at the moment; being melodic, rather than a simple succession of notes that doesn’t create emotion — for me and the listener!
Is there a particular technique or concept you struggle with most?
To complete what I said previously: to be able to flourish musically, I need to work on in addition to the rest are certain techniques like sweeping or even legato
How did you hear about Guitar Hacks?
I follow Kiko Loureiro on social networks, so I wanted to know more about this famous community.
You’re pretty active in the Guitar Hacks community. In what ways does having a community like this benefit you as a player?
It’s interesting as a concept, because we can share about our difficulties, find answers, have refined exercises, or other exercises that take us out of our musical comfort zone. So we are clearly evolving, and we know that we can be helped if we wish. In addition, there is a nice atmosphere in this community.
What kind of content from Guitar Hacks would you like to see in the future?
It would be nice to have some application pieces to work on. I had also already submitted the idea of making a collab video. It’s done a lot on YouTube, for example, with members of Guitar Hacks.
On a backing track we would post a solo of a few seconds, one after the other, to make a top video
If you like, tell us where we can see more of your stuff (social media, webpages, etc.)