Category: Guitar technique
A Simple Trick for Improving Your Blues Solos (Video Included)
What separates great improvisers from the rest of us mortals? Structure. Whether based on intuition or on a solid foundation in music theory, all masters of improvised music display the ability to structure their solos. By structure, I mean that the solo is not just composed notes from scales, but of phrases. Each phrase is…
Don’t Play Stuff that Sounds Bad
Many years ago, someone came up to me after my band finished its set and told me: “You sounded great on that last song!” I was shocked, because I had just limped through the roughest part of the set. The song in question was Peg by Steely Dan, a song that to this day I can barely play. I…
How To Improve Your Phrasing
If you picture the solo as a story, the musical phrases are the sentences that convey the information necessary for the story to have meaning.