Building Your Repertoire

If you want to know any song you play from beginning to the end - have a read!

Ultimate Guitar
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! Don't forget to rate and comment this lesson and to like my Facebook page at! See you next time!

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    I actually enjoyed it. I would have never thought of making a set list! Now that I have my songs organized and available to my weary mind lol, I can really see where I need to work on, and how much I have to go! Thank's for the lesson!
    Yeah, I liked the point of the article as well. That's a very good suggestion because it gets you to list out everything you're already 'okay' at, and that will identify things you need to practice. It focuses you. I will be working on that over my school and Christmas break coming up in a couple of weeks. I must know a few hundred songs start to finish, without the solos and such. Gotta work on that. I was just laughing at the first comment. It was funny for so many reasons.
    One more thing I've found very helpful for practising the songs I think I know and ones I actually know is to organise all my songs into playlist by tuning. So I have a Standard,half step down, Drop D, Drop C#,Drop C and Drop B. I found this to be very helpful because if I know the song I have to recall it all from memory at random in the list. and if I think I know, unless I skip it I have to pull up the tab and play along and learn it. Very helpful for me