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Creative Constraints Guitar Challenge #2: Single Note Soloing

Creative Constraints Guitar Challenge #2: Single Note Soloing

I really think that artists work much better with limited parameters set on them.

For example: when someone hands me a guitar and says “play something”, I often freeze.

Not because I don’t know anything on guitar but because of the unlimited choices I have.

However, if someone hands me a guitar and says “play a Led Zeppelin song”, that’s easy. I now have a limited number of choices to make.

Creativity is also affected by the parameters that we set up for ourselves.

I really, really think you should read this blog post I made on this topic about a year ago. If you did read it once, it is worth another read.

Dealing With Creative Artistic Blocks

Recently I did this You Tube video about one way to explore this idea.

It’s mostly for any of you that can solo or at least are familiar with basic pentatonic scales and can play a melody.

And even if you aren’t to that point yet, give it a watch. It might help you get better from wherever you are at in your guitar playing journey.

It’s a great challenge to constrain your creativity: soloing on one string.

See what you can come up with!

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Guitar Finger Stretching Exercises

Guitar Finger Stretching Exercises: Stretch to Success!

Sometimes we just need to get our fingers in better shape by using some simple guitar finger stretching exercises.

Wanna play your chords better? Have them sound clearer without no “buzzy” sounds on some of the notes?

Or how about playing a melody that needs a little more “stretch from your fingers?

I see this problem a lot. Often it is because the fingers are scrunched too close together. The fingers often end up at the wrong place on the fret.

When you play a note on any given fret, you need to place the finger as close to, but not on, the fretwire towards the bridge (where you pick or strum). When you press the note too close to the fretwire on the nut side (where the tuning pegs are), the notes have more buzz and don’t sound clear.

Good:

Ok:

Not so Good:

So, when you play a C chord, for example, you need to have enough space between your fingers so that you can get each note sounding clear and concise.

I see this problem a lot when people are trying to play barre chords too.

So, here is a simple exercise to help work on stretching those fingers. It’s from my free Guitar Finger Gymnastics course which contains all kinds of guitar finger exercises.

Be sure to warm up first! Practice some things like the chromatic scale, a major/minor/pentatonic scale, or a lick from a song or solo before you tackle any stretching exercise!

Guitar Finger Exercises: Stretching

Then, if you feel somewhat adventurous, check out my other article about a cool song you can try out to work on your stretching:

Guitar Finger Exercises: Stretching to a Song

Give it all a try and good luck!

You can click the link to the full course here: Guitar Finger Gymnastics

How to Make a Cool Shimmer Effect for Guitar

How to Make a Cool Shimmer Effect for Guitar

Here is how I made a real cool shimmer effect with my setup using the Kemper Profiler and Fractal FX8.

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