In this video I talk about how to build your style and voice by learning phrases a bit like you would do when you learn a foreign language and make it your own.
This first video (part 1 of 3) deals with ‘trading’ which is what musicians refer to as exchanging solos during a section of a tune. Here you will need your instrument to follow what I do and solo when it’s your turn. This is a great exercise to learn tunes inside out. Many times beginners tend to get lost during a song as they just know where to start but not where they are in the tune. This will get you to focus on where in the tune you are.
As a working guitarist, sooner or later you will be confronted by tension in your upper body and shoulders. I always try to teach to all my students how to avoid tension and explain how warming up before a session/gig and sitting/standing correctly can make a huge difference in how you will feel at the end of it.
We always forget how playing an instrument, lifting gear, or sitting all day to practice or teach can be a physically demanding task, and I don’t know any athlete that does not warm up before a performance, so why shouldn’t we?
The following is a great video that explains how things work in the upper body:
This is a great set of warm ups and massages by guitar master J. Petrucci:
If tension should arise, a great way to release is explained in this video:
I hope this was helpful, feel free to add a comment below if you find more useful videos!