Captain Beefheart’s 10 Commandments of Guitar Playing

Source: Far Out.

While Beefheart would never claim commercial, mainstream success, his legacy on alternative music continues to establish itself in the root of all old and new. His iconic albums such as Trout Mask Replica will, as Peel points out, forever inspire those who are looking to forge a career on the outskirts of the musical norms. Given his avant-garde style and cult following, Beefheart would attract musicians from around the world who were looking to learn from his stance. When Moris Tepper was accepted by the man himself to join his Magic Band in 1976, Beefheart issues a list of instructions or ‘commandments’ as guidance.