Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Rochester, NY/Boston, Mass
Re: First improvisation video on youtube! Fusion style
Check out Jeff Beck and Roy Buchannan. Both are often overlooked by the newer generation of players but many of the players that influence the new generation are influenced by them! You will get some good phrasing ideas from them. Phrasing is all about using rythmn to play something interesting. Often times this means not playing. Which is a hard concept to grasp, especially since we guitar players really like to play! A great way to get phrasing together is to get the metronome going and try to create a groove with you're playing. Single notes, slides, repeating notes chokeing off notes. There's really no limit. Paul Gilbert has a great exercise that involves playing muted strings in 8th notes and then playing little licks and things and going right back to that groove. The groove is the most important thing. More than the notes you play more than your technique. It's what elevates a guitarist with what some might consider sub-par chops to a player with the coveted gigs. So in short, make friends with your metronome and learn how to play on the beat, and off the beat, learn how to play eight, quarter and half-note triplets. The last bit will take a deal of time and practice to get right. Combine that with a steady listening diet of good musicians (don't limit yourself to just guitarists, some of the coolest things every played were played by people who play other instruments!) A book that I would recommend on learning the guitar and the world of music is called The Advancing Guitarist by Mick Goodrick. He's a teacher at Berklee College of music (where I'm currently going to school) and really knows his stuff. You also might want to learn to read music. It's certainly not the most fun part but the days of the illiterate guitarist are over.
Last edited by Jemwielder; 12-16-2007 at 03:50 PM.