Hey guys! Gaby Soule here from GuitarControl.com, today I want to give you some guitar playing tips that I hope you will find helpful to improve as guitar players.
It can be good to know that from the moment when we start playing, every song, every solo, riff or lick that we listen to becomes an influence for us. Eventually, everything that we have listened to could become an impulse for a new idea. Every future song, melodic line, chord progression or improvisation of our own is, in a certain way, the result of what we have been paying attention to through the years (and also some things that we haven’t paid that much attention to). All this happens either if we do it on purpose as if we don’t. This is one of the main reasons why our influences are so important.
On the other hand, there is an imaginary map of some of the basic things that most guitarists need to learn, incorporate and develop, but it is not exactly the same for everybody. So I’ll try to name the most relevant items and explain them in a few words.
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We all need to learn chords. The open chords on the lowest part of the fretboard and something called the Caged System, which will help us understand how to combine them and use them in a more effective way.
Scales are important to improve your technique (see Sample 1) and your vision of the guitar in order to improvise and create your own stuff. They’re great also (as well as arpeggios) to get a better technique, but be careful!… Scales are, sometimes, dangerous for some players that get a little bit too much structured by practicing them. Don’t let that happen to you. Try to always keep melodies working, don’t lose the musical perspective even if you are trying to develop an amazing technique.
The musicality depends not only on your fingers, or on how much harmony you are studying (very important, too). There are some extra elements, like having a good rhythm sense that can help a guitarist become more interesting. We need to remember the basics, like being groovy, melodic and working on having a great tone. All this things will make us enjoy a lot more.
Keep on playing! See you soon!
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