“My first influence was rock ‘n roll from the mid 50s to the early 60s doo-wop and things from that era. That’s what I grew up on. I memorized every cord. Eventually I got in a band and we played covers. Gradually I started changing things and other people’s songs. When it came time to play a lead guitar part, I wouldn’t necessarily play the part that’s on the record. I’d play something I like better. Over time, as you sit around practicing and spending time with your instrument, you come up with your own ideas and start writing your own stuff. Things you spent time learning start to sink deep into your skin, and that knowledge becomes available so you play things the way you want to play them. It takes a long time. It’s also essential to play in front of people.” Music & Musicians Magazine June 2012 Volume 3, Issue 4
How to Guitar Solo
One of the most common questions I receive from my website visitors and customers goes something like this: “How can I learn how to compose music and improvise guitar solos?” Often the same people who ask this question explain that they’re not interested in learning songs or how to play like someone else, instead they want to go straight to playing in their own unique style. Then I tell them that it doesn’t work that way.
Before you can make up something new and create your own signature sound, you first need to learn how to play, understand what others have done and develop your skill set. This is accomplished by learning other songs and copying other players. Imitate to create. Each song (or song part) you learn will teach you something new about technique, composition and phrasing. Every lick and phrase you add to your arsenal can be replayed over other songs and reworked into something a little different. Over time, as your repertoire grows and your skills develop, you’ll begin to form your own unique sound and style. This is how all the pros learned. There’s no other way to get good. That’s why I include so many song references throughout my guitar theory book and DVDs.
Create Your Own Style
To learn more about learning how to play and creating your own style, read some of my previous blog posts below.
To learn more about music theory for guitar, including scales, chords, progressions, modes, and more, sign up for a free preview of my Fretboard Theory books and DVDs by using the form on this web page.
Play Until Yer Fingers Bleed!
Mr. Desi Serna