How To Play Better Guitar Solos By Making Your Arpeggios Sound Melodic & Soulful
Want to play guitar solos that sound melodic, expressive and full of soul?
Using sweep picking arpeggios is one of the most creative and powerful ways to spice up your playing!
Playing unbelievably melodic arpeggios while soloing becomes a breeze when you apply the simple tips I've revealed.
Learn these tips right away to play guitar arpeggios that sound musically expressive - Watch this video now:
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Now you know how to make arpeggios in your guitar solos sound more creative and musically expressive.
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Practice These 3 Guitar Skills To Become More Creative
It’s not true that natural talent dictates whether you can or cannot become creative as a musician. All musicians have the potential for creativity.
Becoming creative simply requires practicing skills in the same way you would practice anything else on guitar.
Here are three guitar skills you must master to develop musical creativity:
Guitar Skill #1. Fretboard Visualization
Without developing the skill of fretboard visualization, it’s a struggle to be creative while improvising or trying to solo (without using a bunch of stock licks). However, fretboard visualization goes far deeper than simply memorizing notes on guitar.
Mastering this guitar skills requires you to visualize all chords, scales, arpeggios and intervals in any key all over the fretboard. This helps you to solo freely in any key without becoming lost or playing notes that sound bad over the chords you are soloing.
Guitar Skill #2. Guitar Phrasing
As you know after watching the video, you become much more emotionally expressive in music when you understand how to phrase well.
A lot of guitar players overlook this aspect of their playing in order to play as fast as possible or with great technique.
Later, they realize they are unable to play anything that sounds musical and regret not learning how to phrase. Sometimes they even give up on this aspect of being creative and blame it on not having natural skill.
When you practice guitar phrasing, you give yourself the ability to express precise emotions whenever you play guitar solos no matter how fast you are playing or if you have advanced technique or not.
Guitar Skill #3. Improving Your Ear
Without developing a good ear in music, it’s hard to be very creative. As soon as you improve your ear, you notice that you are able to hear notes in your mind before you even play them on the guitar.
When you develop excellent skills in this area and learn music theory, you are able to easily play any chord, lick, riff or solo without needing to guess what the notes will sound like when you play them.
You already know the specific note names and locations on the fretboard for whenever you need to play them.
All of these skills can be practiced and mastered just like any other guitar skill. When you master them, you become a much more creative musician.
Why A Small Amount Of Guitar Practice Time Is Enough
It’s not true that you must practice 3 or more hours each day to get good at guitar.
You become a better guitarist by practicing effectively on a consistent basis (regardless of how much time you spend).
These are the main reasons why you can still become a great player even if you only have limited time to practice:
Practicing Consistently And Frequently Gets Results
Regardless of how much time you have available for guitar practice, you get better results when you practice consistently and frequently.
To do so, use a guitar practice schedule that keeps you working on the right things, helps you stay organized and ensures you get better a little bit each day.
Improve the quality of your guitar practice by taking lessons with a great teacher who has been proven to get excellent results for others. This kind of teacher understands how to keep you from getting off track and motivates you to practice every day in order to get better.
You Probably Have More Practice Time Than You Think
Guitar players often believe they can only practice in big blocks of many hours at once. This makes it feel difficult to find available time to practice so much (and can seem overwhelming).
When you practice guitar in short blocks of 10-15 minutes several times per day, you eliminate these problems and accomplish a lot more than you’d ever think possible. Practicing guitar in short bursts helps you maintain focus, which improves the quality of your practice.
Compare this to practicing for many hours in a row – No one can maintain 100% for this period of time, so the overall quality of your practice drops exponentially.
Becoming A Great Guitarist Doesn’t Require Practicing Many Hours Each Day
Mediocre guitar players often blame their lack of progress on not having enough time to practice. Great guitarists know that progress is made not through how much time they spend practicing, but how effective and efficient their practice is.
Even with little time to practice every day, you become a great guitarist when you focus on getting the most out of your efforts. To make your practice as effective and efficient as possible, work together with a great guitar teacher.
This helps you make massive progress in your playing fast, even when practicing less than an hour per day.
Fact: Getting taught by an expert helps you become a better guitarist much faster.
Here is just some of the proof based on what my guitar students have said about taking lessons:
“I just love guitar lessons with Tom, he literally takes the time to make a specific lesson plan and sends you lessons as you need it.”
My last lesson I took with a local guitar teacher before joining Tom, I was struggling with a sweep picking pattern, which was the 5 string root major, I was really struggling to get the rolling technique down. I took it to my guitar teacher and I was like “Help me with this, I don’t know what I’m doing wrong.” This is his exact phrase: “At high speeds, it doesn’t really matter if you can play it clean or not, no one can hear it anyway.” At that point, I was just like, “Ah man.” But thankfully, in that same message, he mentioned Tom’s name. Then the doors opened. That very night, I went home and looked at every single lesson Tom had, had my guitar in hand, every YouTube lesson on you know “correct motions”, “play this over chords”... just applied it instantly, and it was instant results within an hour... just from his free stuff. I was like, oh man, I’ve got to do lessons with this guy.
I remember when I first started out with lessons, I instantly jumped on the forum to greet myself, and it’s amazing how there’s like 30 responses. Just like, “Hi welcome.” and stuff... “Hi Dan, great musical tastes”. That made me feel really at home and welcomed into Tom’s forum and community. Every time I’ve had an issue when I was first starting out be it like theory or technique, there’s always been someone there who’s helped. Otherwise it could’ve been this potentially awkward process where I’d have to wait a whole week to get an answer from my teacher, who even then may not have answered it correctly and may have never solved it. Whereas there are guys on there who have been with Tom and have been through exactly what I’ve been through. They know exactly how to help, in what order, what information you need... it’s just a friendly atmosphere really.
Dan Mayhew, Stowmarket, UK
“July of 2012, I had been managing in a retail store and was kind of reaching this point where I was really getting frustrated because I had been struggling to progress in my guitar playing. I had this mindset that I had to teach myself everything... you know and the best players are all self taught and stuff like that...”
...and I remembered Tom Hess from that book, and I said “You know, it’s time to look this guy up and see what he’s all about.” And it didn’t take me very long to figure out that this is the kind of person that I needed to get on board with.
My playing has definitely improved technique-wise, but probably the most important change I have experienced is just in my overall mindset as a player and as a practicing musician. I just feel like I have a much better frame of mind and a much better idea of where I am going and where my guitar practicing is taking me. Whereas before I just felt like I had to practice everything and I had a whole bunch of stuff going on. It’s a lot more focused now.
Being in the environment that Tom has created with his other students is incredibly motivating. I had always been in my own little shell, kind of just stayed on my own. Coming out here... like when I came out here last year was a big step out of my comfort zone. Getting around all these other musicians... it’s unbelievable how great some of these guys are, not just as players, but as people.
Andrew Tintle, Richmond, California USA
“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
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