One of the best investments that a beginning or early stage guitarist can make for improving their songwriting is to buy a 4 or 8 track recorder. This item can be found new or used for around $100 and will enhance your songwriting skills immensely. I highly recommend purchasing one of these recorders as soon as you have the funds to do so. If you have the money to get a better recorder do so, but for most of you beginners the $100 is plenty.
Here are only some of the benefits that this $100 investment can offer you:
Here is a tip on how to visually arrange your tunes in conjunction with your recording device. With every riff or main melody part, give the part its very own number. For example, the main riff could be given the number 1. On a piece of paper or tab paper, put the number 1 above that tab of the riff. If you have any slight variations of that riff, you can name it 1a. Continue to do this throughout your songs main sections. After each section has been labeled, arrange the song's part numbers on the page so that you can see them. As an example, 1 1a 2 3 1 2 3 3a 4 2 2 5. If you are not happy with that arrangement, it's easy to fix, as all you have to do is make another grouping of the part numbers again and then listen back.
To summarize, I have yet to find anything at or around $100 that can help beginning players find their inner musician and develop it with constant usage over time. The resulting effect is that their songs will be more mature and hopefully result in a lifelong career creating many great sounding CD's to listen back to, and maybe even a record deal. So, before you go out and purchase that huge half stack and $1000 signature series guitar, take a step back and invest $100 in something that just might make YOU the next endorsee with a signature series guitar.
Mike Walsh is an internationally renowned progressive guitar virtuoso, composer and teacher. For more information about Mike Walsh, his bands Sage and Hess, to hear samples of his playing/music, and to read more articles, visit his web sites.
His latest CD with Sage is entitled "Lightning Strikes".
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