Hello there, guitar slingers!
The things I am going to mention, personally, were really helpful with my journey on the guitar, so far. I believe those things stand the test of time and they would help anyone who is interested in developing their ability on the guitar. Let us begin:
Transcribing: Several years ago, I spent a whole summer transcribing different solos and guitar music for 9-10 hours per day! That means I would just choose a solo and then just play it over and over again at half speed tempo and then I wrote it down to the best of my ability in tablature or notation. 15 years later, when I checked those transcriptions, 30-40% of those were wrong, but the whole process of learning how to transcribe and learning how to write it down in notation and tablature really helped me a lot!
Record your playing and your musical ideas: At the time I had a Sony Walkman and I would go everywhere with it. So, if an idea came to mind then I would just… sing it on the recorder! The same applies while I was practicing and playing the guitar. Several of those ideas ended up on my Rock/Fusion CDs - 15 years later!
Write down in tablature your own musical ideas: The same way I would keep an audio log like the one mentioned above, I kept a very detailed diary (on paper) of any musical idea, any lick that came to mind. Then, later on, I would go and see how I can develop this idea. So, for example, if I had an arpeggio with string skipping that sounded good, I would go: “Ok, this sounds good in this position. Let us try on the next position or the next inversion and so on. That way I was able to find several things that sounded interesting to me.
All of these things mentioned above do not sound like a big deal. However, the existence of these logs helped me develop my own style and my own musical identity and they can help you, too.
I hope this was helpful. You can watch the video below, where I explain this topic in more detail. If you’re interested in developing your guitar skills and reaching your music goals, please check the different Elite Guitar Coaching Academy packages and how you can get private coaching from me.
Born in the Greek island of Crete, Ioannis Anastassakis completed his Bachelor’s degree at the American College of Greece and subsequently studied at the distinguished Musicians Institute (GIT), where he remained as an instructor, after graduating at the top 1% of his class. He continued his graduate studies in Music, at the California State University, completing an MA in Guitar Performance, graduating Magna cum Laude.
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