#1
Hey,
I've noticed when I listen to my recordings, my soloing/improv work all sounds the same. Even in different keys, everything sounds the same. I've learned different scale patterns (although staying in the same scale). And still, everything sounds lame or the same every time I play it. and yes, I use bends and vibrato and stuff like that.
Can someone help me?
Thanks!
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#2
maybe your playing too much. I looked at your profile and i see you like the blues. Play over a backing track, and instead of constant improvising, just play a phrase, chill a bit, and then another phrase. Also, instead of just mumbling around in pentatonics and so on, have a beginning and an end. Say when improvising, pick a start note, and then an end note, and start on your start note, and play a phrase to your end note.
#4
Yeah. Same here. All I can do is Pentanic or Harmonic Minor solos. And they all sound pretty much the same.

It has improved a little though. Learn more songs from different artists and styles. Also try doing some chromatic runs here and there. Also learn your arpeggios well.



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#5
I had the same problem. I used to play the pentatonic shape up and down the neck, playing the same mundane thing.

Put the guitar down for a few days and listen to some music to get the creative juices flowing. Works wonders for me. I play for 3-5 hours a day for a few days, put it down, repeat......almost like a shampoo!
#6
Quote by Jayez
maybe your playing too much. I looked at your profile and i see you like the blues. Play over a backing track, and instead of constant improvising, just play a phrase, chill a bit, and then another phrase. Also, instead of just mumbling around in pentatonics and so on, have a beginning and an end. Say when improvising, pick a start note, and then an end note, and start on your start note, and play a phrase to your end note.


Hmm... Can you put it in a different way?
So, let's say I pick an A for my first note, and my end note I choose a D. do I only play the notes inbetween those? I'm a theory noob, so help would be nice.
Call me Wes.
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Fender American Deluxe HSS Strat
Chicago Blues Box Roadhouse
Bad Cat Cougar 5
1957 Gibson GA-5
Ceriatone 18w TMB Combo
Hughes & Kettner Tube Factor
Various Ibanez TS9s
Weber MASS Attenuator
#7
^ If you're in a key of D, just play that key signature. Of course, it's all music, so put some accidentals and naturals in their too if you want.

Pinch harmonics, sweeps, and tapping can all be incorporated too.
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#8
Quote by darkarbiter7
Hmm... Can you put it in a different way?
So, let's say I pick an A for my first note, and my end note I choose a D. do I only play the notes inbetween those? I'm a theory noob, so help would be nice.


You start on that A note, and improvise a phrase that ENDS on the D note.


heres an example with those two notes you picked :

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------5---5h7 (end note)-----------------------------|
D|-----------------5/7---7-------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------4-----------------------------------------------------------|
E|--5 (start)---------------------------------------------------------------|

pick a key and scale, and just pick out two random notes and mess around.
#9
^Thank you, that's much easier. Thanks.
Call me Wes.
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Bad Cat Cougar 5
1957 Gibson GA-5
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#10
Do the DragonForce method!
1. Pick a scale.
2. Play random notes in it.
3. Record that.
4. Speed it up.
5. Get drunk, can also be step 0.
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#11
^I tried that before. I tried making step number 5 the first step, but my liver failed and I passed out.

Just kidding, but yeah, that's pretty typical dragonforce.
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Bad Cat Cougar 5
1957 Gibson GA-5
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Weber MASS Attenuator
#12
Don't think about scales and just play what apeals to your ears.
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#13
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Don't think about scales and just play what apeals to your ears.


ah well next time someone tells you to play in key go ahead and do that