David Fair, one-half of the band Half Japanese, wrote a short essay about how to play guitar.  He says in the essay, “If you ignore the chords, your options are infinite, and you can master guitar playing in just one day.” 

His theory is hard for me to swallow considering I’ve spent hour after hour learning chords and scales, but it’s hard to argue with his results.

David Fair and his brother Jad Fair, the other half of Half Japanese, have always had a unique approach to making music.  

Often ignoring rhythm and melody altogether, their music can be utterly complex or stupidly simple.  Since their first release in 1977, Half Japanese have been the epitome of amateur do-it-yourself music.

A documentary, The Band That Would Be King, features live performances and follows the band’s twisted journey.

Here is an animated clip of David Fair’s essay: