Improvisation Category

Lead Guitar Phrasing – Part 3 – Brothers In Arms by Dire Straits

December 11, 2014 6:10 pm Published by
Welcome to Part 3 in our series on Lead Guitar Phrasing.  The subject of today’s study is the Mark Knopfler‘s playing on Brothers In Arms.  First, here’s the track: So here are 5 key points we can take from this, to apply to our own Phrasing when soloing: 1) Leaving Space.   We’ve discussed leaving… View Article

Lead Guitar Phrasing Study – Part 1 – Bird of Paradise by Snowy White

December 8, 2014 4:13 pm Published by
Welcome to part 1 in our new blog series looking at Lead Guitar Phrasing.  We’ll be studying some of the most beautiful moments in soloing history, from the classic, unforgettables, to the unheard of, obscure gems. We’re breaking one of our own rules here, as for once, we’re not preaching that “it’s all about the… View Article

How To Learn A Song By Ear

December 12, 2013 6:06 pm Published by
All over the internet there are sites full of tabs, chord charts and video tutorials on how to play just about any song.  So the idea of learning a song “by ear” ie. listening to it and figuring out how to play it, poses 2 questions in this day and age.  Why? And How? 1)… View Article

Lead Guitar Improvisation – Part 4

September 11, 2013 10:42 am Published by
This is the 4th and final part in Bruce Music‘s Improvisation mini-series.  It’s about Listening.   “‎Listening is the key to everything good in music” – Pat Metheny Listening is a huge part of your improvising process as a Guitarist.  Listening to recorded and live music, and listening to the rest of your band while… View Article

Lead Guitar Improvisation – Part 3

September 6, 2013 2:48 pm Published by
Welcome to part 3 of our mini-series on improvisation.  Today’s post is 5 tips to improve your improvising ability and practice methods. 1)  Don’t just use instrumental backing tracks designed for soloing practice, use backing tracks of songs as well where possible, to practise soloing in context. 2) Record some of your improvisation sessions and… View Article

Lead Guitar Improvisation – Part 2

September 2, 2013 4:56 pm Published by
Welcome to part 2 of Bruce Music‘s mini series on improvisation.  (Click here for part 1) Today’s topic is Improvisation Exercises.  The exercises are designed to stop you getting stuck in a rut with your playing.  (Or help you out of a rut you’re already in!)  They’re also good for general practice, and you should… View Article

Lead Guitar Improvisation – Part 1

August 30, 2013 2:47 pm Published by
This is the first in a mini-series of posts about improvisation for lead Guitar. Today the issue is improvising over a song containing vocals and how to make your playing work.  Whether this is practising over a recorded song, or in a live band situation, the ideas concerned are exactly the same. Essentially, the art… View Article