Here's something unexpected that happened to me a few days back: I saw this YouTube video on Garage Rock guitar (a genre that doesn't really interest me that much):
After seeing it, I sat down in my DAW, and made a garage rock song in like 5 minutes using the principles I'd picked up (I obviously spent longer than that recording the instruments), and I played things I'd never done before. It sounded convincing enough, and it was super fun channelling my inner 16 year old. I'm taking away some things I can actually use later. Also, I had never thought I could make my gear sound like that.
PS: If you want to do it, but feel you can't find a good chord scheme, you can use mine: A D
I am a decent guitar player. I also hate everything I am playing lead wise at the moment. I know everyone has their own style but I feel like everything I play sounds the same. What’s a good rut buster?
Try playing bass for awhile. Give you a different perspective.
Play solos with one finger. You will be surprised what you come up with not doing this with your normal way.
This. Or try taping your index and ring fingers together. Or grab a slide. Open tuning anyone? Point is, create some interesting limitations to force yourself in a different direction (Oblique Strategies). When you go back to your regular thing, it will be different. Also, take some lessons with a teacher. Tell them you want to shake it up. Any good teacher will have something new for you.
Post by Michael Carnes on Mar 8, 2023 10:19:38 GMT -6
Listen to horn players and see how they phrase things. Plenty to choose from: Bird, Coltrane, Chet Baker, Randy and Michael Brecker, etc, etc. This is advice I got from Bill Leavitt at Berklee nearly 50 years ago. At the time I thought he was nuts. But he was right. Listening to good soloists on other instruments will give you great ideas about phrasing in a way that's detached from your particular instrument. And of course the exercise is enjoyable.
I play acoustic and electric. The rut is long gone now. I played and wrote through it. I found a couple of styles I wanted to experiment with and just as importantly, started focusing attention on working up solo versions of all the songs we have written and getting back out and about. I haven’t felt “bleh” in a long time.
Greg Lee Lewisville TX
You guys realize this thread will lead nowhere and solve nothing, right?----Johnkenn Well shit, I mean, that describes about half the stuff I've ever done---- ragan