Building your repertoire by preparing your own song list.
Have you ever been in a situation when you are said "Hey man, play something!" An you’re like "Oh, I can play 100 songs, pick any!" but suddenly it comes out that you can’t play anything from the very beginning to the end. Oops. That’s a true story about a lot of guitarists and I have an idea of a solution to this problem.
It’s making a song list. Simple as it is. Take a blank sheet of paper and write down every song you’ve ever played. It may take some time, but don’t hurry. Write down every song that you know a bit, even if it’s a short riff or part of a solo. Preparing mine list took around one week, and I’m playing the guitar for seven years now. Its 104 songs long. Take your time.
After you make a list, be sure to start learning whole songs, by "filling the gaps". Filling the gaps means that you will have to try to play the whole piece and check what’s missing. For example, you can play rhythm guitar and can’t play a solo. So now learn this solo!
Continue learning the whole songs, and revise the older pieces. This list is also a cure for another problem – when you are stuck in a rut, you can always have a look-through that magical piece of paper and find inspiration or just a song to play to kill the time.
That’s all for today’s lesson. Now it’s all to you. Grab a piece of paper and start writing down your very own set list!
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