Play Amazing Guitar Solos By Learning How To Make Each Note Sound Really Good
Playing amazing guitar solos is much easier when you are able to make every note a very high-quality note. Once you are able to play just ONE note that sounds great, you are able to play 2, 3 or 1,000 more notes just like it!
The secret to doing this is to practice squeezing as much emotion as you can out of a single note while soloing over a backing track.
Watch the video below and learn how to make your guitar solos sound great using this powerful and unique practice approach:
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Solution: How To Avoid A Common Mistake That Leads To Low Quality Guitar Phrasing
There is one subtle mistake guitarist make that affects the quality of their guitar phrases without them realizing it:
Being inconsistent in how they play notes (i.e. picking harder or softer without noticing, fretting some notes too close to the fret or missing tough notes during string transitions).
Making these mistakes can ruin the effect of mastering one note at a time as shown in the video, if you're not careful.
Here is what to do to ensure every note is top-quality:
Record the same guitar pattern 2 times into your nearest recording app and (if possible) pan one track completely to one side and the other totally to the other side.
After that listen (using headphones when possible) and pay attention to where errors occur. This will be very simple, because once you notice anything that sounds one way in one ear/speaker but not in the other, that suggests a problem.
Figure out what that issue is (by listening to each recording alone) and then when you begin playing again, make sure to keep that area clean.
For instance, you may notice that you seem to play the same part either with different approaches to palm muting.
This will mean that you should pay attention to your palm muting in that area of the piece and keep the pressure the same while playing.
If you discover that one track has string sloppiness in a specific spot but sounds clean in the other, that means you need to more diligently monitor your muting techniques as you play that part in the music to make sure that the noise never happens.
This makes your aural skills more rounded so that you can become more conscious of your own mistakes and correct them. It also has the side effect of improving your general musical ear, making it easier to begin memorizing which notes have specifici emotional qualities.
Do this drill as part of your guitar practice and your playing becomes a lot more tight.
How To Add Speed Into Your Guitar Licks Without Sounding Unexpressive
Problem: Guitarists learn how to play guitar fast, but not how to use their speed in a musical way. This leads them to create robotic, exercise-like solos that don't sound very memorable.
This frequently happens when guitar players play long, never-ending lines of fast notes.
Here is what to do instead to keep your speed under control and clean, so you are better prepared to use it in a musically expressive manner:
Work on identifying your mistakes without stopping playing at faster speeds
For instance, when you are playing a sweep picking pattern at or near your fastest speed and find that your hands aren't together, you need to be able to understand which note (s) are not clean as you are actively playing.
To do that, your ability to focus needs to become much more polished.
Try breaking up hard guitar licks into smaller sized blocks of a few notes at once.
Then pick these few notes at your greatest speed.
This makes it a lot easier to see your mistakes.
Another process that will help you during faster parts (most especially with legato) is to move between faster playing and slower, more melodic playing continuously (in 10 second intervals). This helps you get a better feel for using speed to control the musical tension of your phrases.
When you only play fast for many minutes at a time, at some point your hand becomes tired and your technique becomes sloppy (rewarding bad habits).
So if you go back and forth between slow and fast playing in quick bursts of effort you are able to change your muscle memory by evaluating slower technical motions before playing again at your highest speed.
This trains you to learn the right motions fast and instill them into your top speeds.
As you sharpen your listening, you will begin hearing the exact errors you make at your fastest speeds (with anything you know how to play) and you know precisely how to fix them.
To End Things, Here Is An Essential Tip For All Serious Guitar Players:
Start studying guitar with a guitar teacher in the place of learning all on your own.
It's frustrating to become stuck in your guitar playing and clueless of what you need to do to make improvement without someone with tons of experience to assist you.
This makes improving on guitar become tedious and unmotivating rather than enjoyable - as it needs to be.
This is exactly why I encourage all guitarists take lessons with an excellent guitar teacher.
This is very critical for helping you make accelerated progress, because a decent guitar teacher is reliable at getting you to spot where you are on the wrong road, change any ongoing playing habits and receive new knowledge about playing guitar that you would not have found if you learned totally by yourself.
Not only does this make practicing guitar more fun, it makes it far less frustrating. In addition, you become a badass musician, faster.
When you are driven to reach a new level of skill in your guitar playing, I can help you with this in my Breakthrough Guitar Lessons.
I have given instruction for multiple decades to thousands of musicians around the world and am very proud of the musical results I have been honored to get for them.
Right here is what some of my best students say about taking lessons with me as their guide:
“Before the online guitar lessons, I had a lot of trouble with phrasing. I couldn’t make good note choices, I was always fishing for the next note. I was trying to think of ways that I could play, but it didn’t sound good. I didn’t know how to write songs, it was absolutely terrible, everything sounded the same. I couldn’t really… I didn’t feel confident with my playing. I definitely couldn’t build speed for anything, I was really sloppy and I was dissonant… and it was really painful to play.”
I chose Tom Hess because when I read his articles they blew my mind away. I got so much out of that, that I didn’t get anywhere else.
The main reason I like taking lessons with Tom online is because, number one: yes it was the personalized lessons strategy… I read everything about it, and it was so compelling, just like that he really takes everything that I can or can’t do into account, and then he’ll take what I want to be able to do and then basically map out every step of the way until I get there. And that was just really powerful, and that I’d be able to get feedback every 6 weeks, and the fact that we’ve got the forum. We’ve got instant help and they all really know what they’re talking about… they’re not just like anybody… they… I mean some of them are virtuoso guitar players... I mean, they know their stuff and then of course the mindset of this whole environment. The friends I’ve made here just… I can’t really put into words.
I didn’t have a budget when I started. I had a good enough job that I could take lessons for however long I wanted, so that wasn’t a problem, but I feel like I’ve gotten 100 times what I paid you know.
Matteo Miller, San Diego, California, USA
“When I first heard about Tom Hess, I saw that he was a teacher that was very dedicated and serious about it, and that drew me in immediately. That this is a guy that has a plan, has a goal and really if you’re serious about learning guitar, this guy is equally as serious in a way. So it resonated with me straight away.”
I started out just learning by myself and as many others I got stuck. I had a few issues I wanted to get by, but when I met Tom and talked with him and started lessons with him, he opened up a whole new world of possibilities of what guitar playing can be.
I feel very grateful that I found lessons from Tom since I then did what worked from the very beginning. Many guitarists I see that played way longer than I did, they have build up many bad habits. That from the very start, there was clear instruction of how to practice correctly. You build the ability for high speed and whatever you want from the very beginning and you don’t waste time doing inefficient things. So I’m very grateful that I did that, and now I really feel I am able to reach whatever level I want.
The reasons why I think I feel so motivated all the time is because I know that the thing I’m working on is relevant for me and it’s exactly the direct thing I need to get.
The forum just kicks ass. The people in the forum - it’s just like unconditional help all the time. They love to help out, and you also get very inspired by seeing someone just really getting speed really quick and then you say if he can do it, I can do it. It works on the mental side of being a guitarist and that of course that’s the most important thing. Just being around other musicians like that, is just you learn so much faster, is so much less frustration when you can see that all the people are having the same issues that you do, not anything special or anything. It’s just part of learning process, so it kicks ass.
Magnus Gautestad, Norway
“Tom was my first guitar teacher ever. I started online guitar lessons a couple of years ago and it’s what I’ve been looking for. Someone who can really help me get what I want.”
Tom really puts it back on me to decide what I want and do what I need to do to get that. That’s what so many people need when they need help - they need to know how to help themselves.
There’s abundant resources. You can always get more information. You can always get more help, especially from other people, other students, members on the forum... Most of all, it’s an opportunity for me to help myself. That’s the goal.
When I pick up something that I haven’t played for a long time with my new technique... wow, it feels different. There are plenty of songs (I’ve always played in a cover band, so I know tons of songs). There are songs I haven’t played for 5, 10, 15, 20 years... and if I pulled them up and played them, they would still feel the same way they did back them. But now, if I pull up and play a song I haven’t played in forever – Oh my God, wow! My hands do this now.
Rob Hiemstra, Toronto, Canada
“You’re dealing with one of the best guitar teachers in the world, maybe the best and you can’t get that just anywhere in the world.”
Tom is so goal focused, and I hadn’t even thought of that, it changed the way I thought of things. Tom makes you come up with musical goals and works towards fulfilling those goals. You have something to focus on, the lessons are based on meeting those goals. You’re getting better, you can see how you’re getting better and then you build new goals after that. You see the growth and development as opposed to just getting a little better at a certain technique. You’re actually developing.
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