Most people who pursue a worthy goal, such as mastering guitar, do so with only a vague idea of where they're headed. It may seem like enough to simply try to be like your favorite guitarists, or become determined to be "good enough" to play an impressive technique, but these alone won't lead to success.
I've just begun a series of short compositions for the solo electric guitar. I just released the second one today - "Micro Caprice no. 2 in C# minor." This one focuses heavily on sweep picking and is a great example of what you can do with sweep picking beyond the standard patterns and uses. I highly recommend checking out that video before you read the rest of this.
This is super fun, and doing it is going to give you something that you really want, it will give you an amazing sense of accomplishment, it will amaze any audience and will become something awesome that you can practice any time of day.
Okay, let's get right into it. This week's exercise is simple. You're going to spend time every day doing nothing but improvising on an open position E-minor scale with absolutely no accompaniment. But this won't be noodling around. You'll actually be playing a solo improvisation.
I've decided to put together a series here on a method that will help you to truly master improvisation on the guitar. I spoke a bit about this method in a previous e-mail and it seemed like it was a subject a lot of you are especially interested in. It's possible I might make a lesson or course on this method later, but this series will be entirely free.
You've taken the lessons, you've studied the materials, you've put the practice time in... but you're not where you want to be. Why? If you wish to progress and be successful, you must know what you're trying to do, model what works, and you must maintain your focus to that end.
Choosing the right guitar is a pretty important part of a guitarist’s career. While some people have extra money to burn to collect instruments, most people need to think carefully about a guitar purchase. The next guitar you buy may be your main axe for many years to come. Check out these five tips.
Sweep picking is one of the most coveted techniques on the guitar and has become surrounded with myth and legend. While it's true that it takes real dedication and a good deal of practice to completely master sweep picking, it's nowhere near as difficult to learn when you know the secrets behind it.