Just as classic songs can sound completely different depending on who is interpreting them, no two musician approach their instrument and learning in the exact same way. Some are more technically-minded and thrive on music theory, while others feel constricted by formality and prefer to take their own method—no matter how odd it might seem to others if they tried to explain. Whether a musician falls to one extreme or the other, or somewhere in between, each one brings something unique to the table in terms of song development and performance.
In our monthly video series The Way, She Shreds celebrates every approach to guitar, and the diversity of experiences and perspectives of the musicians who play them. Each new episode features a artist who provides a closer look at her technique and artistry as she teaches us how to play an original song.
We recently met up with Jessica Dobson, guitarist and vocalist of Seattle-based indie band Deep Sea Diver, to learn how to play “Always Waiting,” off the band’s 2016 album Secrets (High Beam Records). A musician from a young age, Dobson was signed to Atlantic Records at age 19 and worked as a touring musician with artists the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, The Shins, and Beck before stepping away to start Deep Sea Diver in 2013.
Watch the video to get a better feel for Dobson’s personal style, and follow the TAB below for further instruction.