Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Move Out of Your Guitar Comfort Zone

One should absorb the colour of life, but one should never remember its details. Details are always vulgar - Oscar Wilde. So, what’s this have to do with guitars? How about: Even though I’ve got guitar heroes, I’ve never tried to work out exactly what they’re doing. I just try to find out what’s behind it – Robin Trower.

I often write about how important transcription study has been for my development as a guitarist but found out the benefit comes from figuring out what’s behind it rather than simply attempting to duplicate each note.

I was studying “Bold As Love” as transcribed by Andy Aledort where he includes statements like “...add some twists and turns of your own.” Now I’m the sort of person who reads the manual to be sure I’m doing things by the book. Adding my own twists and turns does not come naturally.

I dove in and started twisting and turning following the same chord progression and it was great; maybe not sounding at first but as a departure. I started thinking up all sorts of licks I had learned from transcription study of other artists and began incorporating them into the progression. Not only was this a lot more fun but it caused me to learn more about what was behind the composition. If you have the blinders on move out of your comfort zone and do some twisting and turning of your own!

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