How to Play Classical guitar and Become the MVP


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This matches with the kind of gigs you can find as an acoustic guitarist: band member, self-accompanying soloist and lead guitarist in a duo or combo. Like a soloist, you'll find no shortage of cafes, cocktail parties, up-scale social events, weddings and restaurants where your presence (nicely dressed, of course) add a flair of elegance and class to the event particularly if you play a classical or big box jazz acoustic guitar, something piped in music is unable to do.

Function Guitarist
All by myself...

The true secret to being a good soloist (the self-accompanying kind), is always to play music where you're playing a melody, a bass line and the backing chords all as well. While this is no small feat, learning how to fingerpick at the same time you're learning the basic guitar chords will help immensely, you'll have instilled finger coordination and independence in your style for the beginning.

There's lots of guitar TABs on the web that can help you get started in building a solid song repertoire of finger-style songs. And, truthfully, even simplest ones to play sound way more complex (and impressive!) compared to what they really are.

Group effort:

Playing rhythm guitar in the band is fairly straight forward: you're part of the rhythm section combined with bass and drums. The issue of being a rhythm guitarist could be that the lead singers for most bands are already fairly competent rhythm guitarists themselves, then there is seldom a need for two rhythm players in a band.

So, unless you're the lead singer yourself, as soon as you learn to play acoustic guitar, you may do well to learn the ability of vocal harmony or turned into a lead guitarist. And, yes, there is certainly such a thing as an acoustic lead guitarist. Most acoustic duos get one or both of the guitarists overpowering lead guitar chores throughout a show; in bluegrass bands the guitarist usually plays both rhythm and lead during a show, as you would for most every other combo which has only one guitarist.

Utilizing the lead.

There are many online guitar lessons that may guide you along the road to becoming a lead guitarist. It really is much more common to find electric guitar soloing lessons that it is to find acoustic lead lessons, but high of what the electric lessons focus on (with some big exceptions, like radical string bending and whammy bar techniques) can be applied when you learn to play beginners guitar.

The biggest hurdle in mastering how to play electric guitar solos is making them sound melodic. The trick to making melodic solos is simple: play something can sing, or sing something can play.

Meaning, whenever you rehearse, constructs a solo by singing what you would like to play over the chord progression first. Then discover how to play what you sang. Or maybe you're good enough, imagine a melody and participate in it at the same time. Think of George Benson playing and singing the solo simultaneously on his classic form of "Masquerade".

You can even play the song's melody on the guitar as a way to grab yourself started, and then build up your own variations from the melody as it moves along. Think about Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again" solo.

More than...

There's so much more for the acoustic guitar than the basic notes that we all start when we're learning how to play acoustic guitar, with a little forethought you could be something more than "just another guitarist". It is possible to become the most valuable player in the band.