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Old Yesterday, 10:56 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by AuroraIllinois
Never really asked a question,
but just looking to learn to solo better,
learn different techniques,
compose better music over my riffs,
theory (but not over simplfied)

1) Composing: learn some Jimi Hendrix tunes by ear if possible - he's great for expanding your chord progression approach ( he destroys conventions in a really approachable way) and he'll help open up the fretboard, especially for rhythm and chord work.

2) start analyzing songs with roman numeral system( II, V, I etc) and mapping out their forms. This is crucial to getting good at writing.

3) Soloing: Mark Knoplfer, Bill Frisell and SRV for phrasing - try learning them by ear. Bill will be a challenge for sure - pay close attention to how he uses sustain and let's things ring out - solos aren't just about 32nd notes, use these players to diversify and learn to use silence effectively.

The best advice I can give you is to learn songs by ear - this should be your focus if you haven't done it yet - it's what makes musicians.
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