These So many guitar players want to improve their guitar playing but ignore some fundamental things. Here are some tips that are easily missed by inexperienced players.
- Learn the notes on the fretboard
- Learn the sound / texture of chord types
- Learn how to hum and play simple melodies
- Learn something new every day
- Listen to all styles for inspiration
- Play music not theory, it might be clever but if it sounds terrible, why bother?
- Learn to play slowly and in time
- Learn each song in a couple of keys if possible
- Learn to memorise songs
- Don’t compare yourself to others or criticise
These things may seem simple but they are things that are highly worth considering
This Guitar Lesson, although it is not extremely complex, it could take your playing into new areas if yo don’t already play this sort of thing; and I’ll just about guarantee that you don’t use these type of things in your improvisation. What I’m talking about here are Double Stops, basicaly you play two notes at a time.
Double Stops can sound very musical, are great for improviisation /solos, good for playing a second part behind another guitarist who is playing chords, and also very nice to play sections of songs in solo arrangements. They fatten up the melody line by having a harmony note and require a little more thought than just running your hands up and down the fretboard playing scale notes.
I accidentally started playing part of the chorus of old song that people sing on New Years Eve called Auld Lang Syne, so I thought it would be good to use as an example because there is no copyright breach, most people would know it and also there’s a lesson in the fact that you are trying to make something sound musical that you probably would never play. There is an art in this itself, to turn common melodies into something and make it sound great. In fact Alex DeGrassi recorded an album of lullabies, and it’s a perfect example of how to arrange for guitar. Although this is not an example of one, you might like to listen to this Alex Degrassi Youtube Video.
I’ve written the TAB and Notation for this chorus with Double Stops. Click the link to access the Printable version of Guitar Lesson Double Stops guitar_lesson_double_stops