“My music is best understood by children and animals.” – Igor Stravinsky
“I’m sick to death of people saying we’ve made 11 albums that sound exactly the same. In fact, we’ve made 12 albums that sound exactly the same.” ― Angus Young (AC/DC)
“All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.” ― Frank Zappa
How has 2019 been going so far?
Reached any goals since New Year’s Day yet?
It’s never too late to set them, even in March!
I dislike the term “New Year’s Resolution”. It seems we never follow through with them.
However, we always want to set a goal, no matter what time of year.
What is yours on guitar? Do you have one?
I tell you what, setting one, even something small, can be so motivating. And it will definitely make you a better player.
You want to be a better player? Set a goal.
Here’s some ideas:
How about that song you always want to play? (Caution, find something that doesn’t sound so ridiculously out of your abilities. For example, if you have been playing for only 6-12 months, maybe Cliffs of Dover is a little out of reach…)
Maybe a technique that would be cool to master. Something like getting those hammer-ons and/or pull-offs to sound good.
Perhaps it is a song where you can master getting chord changes to sound right?
Maybe you want to take that first crack at learning an actual guitar solo. For example, I decided way back when, that I was going to tackle my first solo: it was Rush’s Fly By Night. It sounded within range of my abilities but just enough to stretch me beyond where I was at that time.
Try tackling a new scale to play.
Whatever it is, find it and try to set a time frame: maybe it is a week, or a month, etc. Work towards it. Didn’t make it? Reset it! That kind of stuff happens all the time!
This year, hopefully I can continue to offer you a number of tips, exercises, songs, etc. to help you get to whatever goals you want to reach.
Just for fun, here is my tribute to Marvel Comics and the late, great Stan Lee: The Amazing Spider–Dude – Into the Guitar-Verse
Superhero guitars are cool! Stick around for the very end!
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