Are you starting to get bored with your own playing? Do you have a set of go to licks that you can’t help but fall back on? What do you do to stop the cycle?
Maybe you try to learn a new scale (or twelve). Sure, they have a different sound seeing as how new notes and intervals are involved, but for some reason the music you play still sounds like the same music you usually play. How can this be?
This is not a great situation to find yourself in. If left unchanged for too long, it can even be enough to make you stop playing all together. When improvisation is supposed to be all about constantly creating new musical ideas, it can feel extremely frustrating to be stuck in a routine.
You might begin to feel like you’ve lost your creative spark. But it is important to realize that creativity takes practice just like anything else. And that this stuck feeling is totally normal.
A lot of the time, guitarists will focus most of their practicing on arpeggios and scales. They often forget all the other important parts of improvisation, and this is what gets them stuck in their usual playing patterns.
What most people don’t realize, is that when you are trapped in these kind of patterns, you won’t even notice that it is happening. If you did, you would easily be able to recognize it and get out of it.
So then how is this done? I will explain in the following video. You will see me working with a student to help him get out of his own improvisation routine. I will give a few easy exercises and you will be able to see first hand how it can work to quickly show results.
Everything I talk about is exactly what you can begin implementing in your own playing to break free of your soloing rut. It only takes a few minutes to see it work.
I recommend watching this video with your instrument in hand to quickly feel the difference in your playing. It doesn’t take much to start seeing a positive change!
Tommaso Zillio is a professional prog rock/metal guitarist and composer based in Edmonton, AB, Canada.
Tommaso is currently working on an instrumental CD, and an instructional series on fretboard visualization and exotic scales. He is your go-to guy for any and all music theory-related questions.
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