Free Tutorial: Learn How To Play Guitar With Amazing Tapping Technique
Wish you could play impressive guitar tapping licks whenever you wanted?
Good news: This is much easier to do than you think!
Learning the correct fundamentals for tapping technique helps you play cool licks that are fast, clean and musically expressive.
Get started playing amazing guitar tapping licks using the advice in this video:
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Combine the cool tapping ideas you learned in the video with these tips to take your lead guitar to a new level:
Overcome Two Guitar Improvisation Myths To Become More Creative
To become a creative guitar player, you must stay away from the common myths other guitarists spread about musical creativity. Failing to do this makes playing creatively a struggle for you.
The following are the two most common myths that prevent you from playing with a high degree of creativity on guitar:
Myth #1. Musical Creativity Is A Skill
This is not true.
Musical creativity is the result of your mastery with skills that make creativity possible AND your ability to integrate those skills together. When you don’t understand this, you are more likely to not work on skill integration.
For instance, you may learn a lot about music theory and work on your guitar technique, but never learn how to creatively integrate these things together in a solo.
This makes you feel lost because you have great skills, but aren’t able to use them to make your music sound interesting.
Working on integration during your practice sessions helps you become more creative. Some of the skills you need to learn how to integrate while improvising include: aural skills, music theory, fretboard visualization, lead guitar technique and phrasing.
Myth #2. You’re Born With Musical Creativity Or You’re Not
It’s common for many guitarists to explain their lack of musical creativity as not having “natural talent”. Wrong! Musical creativity does not come from being born with natural talent - it is something you develop and improve.
Believing that it only comes from natural talent holds you back because if you believe you don’t have it, you give up on it.
This single belief prevents countless guitarists from learning how to play creative guitar solos, write music, improvise and many other things. Some people quit guitar altogether. Working together with an experienced guitar teacher is the best way to understand how to develop musical creativity.
Now that you understand more about the myths that prevent you from playing creatively on guitar, you are ready to take action and become a more creative guitarist.
The Difference Between Guitar Players Who Improvise Well And Those Who Can’t
You don’t need to be born with natural talent to be a creative guitar player. Those who are creative are different from everyone else in one particular way:
Guitar players with the best, most creative improvising ability don’t think faster than other guitarists... but they are able to use phrases they are already familiar with together with phrasing and phrasing adaptation skills. This helps them change any guitar lick to fit into a specific context.
This is how great guitarists make amazing phrasing ideas that fit into their lead guitar playing without having to continually think of new licks during every moment of a solo.
The following are a few things great guitar players do to play amazing phrases in their improvisations:
Focusing On The Rhythm Of The Notes
You do not have to continually play different pitches while playing a guitar solo. Excellent guitar players understand this and do not get stuck thinking about what notes they should be playing.
They trained themselves on how to play notes in order to create great phrases. By simply focusing on the rhythm of the notes you are playing, you can repeat the same notes again and again in different, creative ways. This keeps your guitar solos interesting even though you are using the same notes.
Utilizing Musical Ornamentation
Any guitar phrase can be made to sound more interesting when you use various guitar techniques to ornament it. Guitarists with excellent improvising skills are able to spice up the most bland lick by adding a trill, slide, bend or double stop to the end of a phrase.
Using Sequencing To Make Scales Sound Like Music
Most guitar players use scales in their solos in a way that sounds more like an exercise/drill than musical phrasing. To make scales sound interesting in a solo, great guitarists use sequencing to make them very memorable. This is how great players make solos that have a melody you want to sing.
These are just a few ways great guitar players improvise amazing solos. Your improvisation skills go to a new level when you understand how to apply these concepts into your guitar playing.
Bonus: There are many guitar practice mistakes that keep you from making much progress.
Here are 3 of the biggest ones to avoid:
Mistake #1: Practicing Guitar Without Goals
Not having clearly-defined guitar playing goals makes it nearly impossible to make a lot of progress. This makes every practice session random and unstructured.
This means that you might make progress in one area a little bit, then progress in another area a little bit and then become totally stuck at other times.
When you set clear goals for yourself, you are able to create practice schedule with items that help you achieve those goals effectively. This keeps you from becoming overwhelmed because you are practicing many things at once without knowing if they are helping you make progress.
Mistake #2: Practicing Guitar Inconsistently
It’s very difficult to make progress when you only practice guitar once every couple of weeks, or twice every three weeks.
Consistent practice is needed to solidify good playing habits and help you get into a routine of improving. Since practicing consistently gets more results, it also makes you motivated to continue practicing.
This creates a snowball effect of progress that helps you become a killer player very quickly.
Mistake #3: Not Tracking Progress
Tracking and measuring your progress every week is the only way to know exactly how effective your guitar practice efforts are. Without doing this, you might continue using poor guitar practice methods for a long time before realizing that they don't really help you improve!
Track and measure the results you get every week to ensure that your playing is on the right track and refine your practice approach as needed.
For example: track how many mistakes you make with a given exercise, or how long you can play it before making a single mistake or the speed at which you can play it. The more specific you can be, the more precisely you can refine your practice to get better results.
Now that you know which mistakes to avoid, learn more ways to get better at guitar faster.
Taking guitar lessons with a teacher is a great way to improve your rhythm guitar playing fast. Just ask some of my students:
After watching the video, you now know how to play killer tapping licks just like a pro. Now it's time to master every aspect of lead guitar playing. How? By taking online metal guitar lessons.