|Spook Strickland's Guitar Method
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for beginer guitar players who are looking to expand on their technique
but who are not interested in musical theory. This is for the
Classic Rock/Heavy Rock guys. If you are wanting to learn how to
sweep pick or squeal pinch harmonics there are many tutorials already
out there just for this. This is for the guys and gals that want
to rock old school and to be able to solo and come up with cool riffs
in any situation.
Before we begin. I'm asuming you know how to play pretty well
already but are having dificulty with leads either how to play them or
how to come up with somthing original and in key.
Lesson Number OneHere are two things that will really help you solo like a Master.
Number One: Exercise your hands and fingers so that you have increased dexterity and stamina. This is so that even with out thinking about it your hands will have the ability to do runs that you normally could not do and some time on the spur of the moment when you tap into "The Big Sound" you will and you'll be so surprised how easy it was.
Number Two: Start playing solos over your favorite songs. Don't wait for the lead break to come, start soloing from the start to the finish. What this is going to do is get you able to make your leads sound good in any type of situation. It also makes for more opportunities solo instead of fast forwarding and rewinding and looking for lead breaks which are already taken up by some one else's lead work anyway. At first just worry about staying in the general key of the song don't worry about any scales or chord changes after a while you will find all the right notes for that song at any given time then you can use that to build your own synthetic scale to use for soloing. Just relax and don't think about the notes you are going to play your fingers already know were they are just let them start playing. This is how you tap into "The Big Sound"
Once you get good at that and you apply it to your own songs you will be amazed at the stuff you can come up with all with out any real musical knowledge or technique.
Lesson Number Two
Vibrato is just about the most important technique you will ever learn on the guitar and the only one that you will probably spend the rest of your life perfecting but it will be totally worth it. Good vibrato can make a mediocre lick sound good and bad vibrato can make a great lick sound like crap.
Before we get into the techniques involved let’s talk about Vibrato types and examples of great Vibrato. There are really just two types: Deep slow Vibrato and Fast Shallow Vibrato. BB King is a great example of the fast shallow vibrato and Eric Clapton is the premier example of slow deep Vibrato. What type of Vibrato you choose is up to you. What ever Vibrato sends chills up your spine and makes the hair stand up on your arms is the Vibrato that is right for you. Trust your ears first and foremost when it comes to Vibrato.
Now how to do Vibrato. Some shake their whole wrist. Others shake there whole arm some just use their fingers. Some try the side ways finger wiggle like a Violin of Cello player but for a fretted instrument like the guitar you just can not get enough of a change in pitch to really develop any kind of good Vibrato.
There is no real right or wrong technique as long as you are not hurting yourself and you are getting good vibrato. If it sounds good it is good. What I would do is watch your favorite guitar player watch the way he does his vibrato and then start there. Slowly you will start to develop your own unique technique.
Vibrato is unlike any other technique in that it is not really easy to teach you can’t just say do it like this and you will sound great. It requires more of your ears than of your technique to have good Vibrato. For example the way you stop your Vibrato is just as important as how you start it. You want the last note to be in pitch with were it started. If you stop and the note is bent slightly out of pitch it’s going to sound very bad.
You should also be capable of doing Vibrato with all the fingers on your fret hand. This can take a lot of strength and training to pull of good Vibrato using just the pinky finger but it can be done and there are times when it is necessary in a quick or difficult passage to use the pinky finger for Vibrato. 99 percent of the time though you can just use your ring finger or index finger or do like Leslie west and lock your ring, middle and index fingers together for a much stronger and more aggressive Vibrato. I really like to use this technique when I want very deep and fast Vibrato. Listen to the Intro to Mississippi Queen and you will hear what I’m talking about.
Also you need to learn to get good Vibrato on each string and each fret. The guitar has a sweet spot in the middle where Vibrato is really easy and juicy but don’t get stuck there you need to be able to apply good Vibrato on any part of the neck. What I did in the beginning of my Vibrato training was start on the high E first fret with my index finger and did my Vibrato then same string same fret switched to my middle finger and then ring finger then pinky. I would go back and forth making sure the Vibrato sounded the same every time for every finger if not I would do it again and again until I got it right then I would move on to the next fret and start all over going fret by fret al the way to the top of the neck then switching to the next lower string until I had worked through ever fret on every string with every finger. It took me a very long time about a year before I could zip through it all with out stopping do to cramps in my fingers but it helped me make my Vibrato not only strong but flexible and like second nature.
I’m sure I’ve forgotten something but this will be a good start for you. As usual if you have any questions feel free to ask.
Sex, Drugs and Rock N Roll
1) Sex and Drugs will always be there. Don't blow your big opportunity by being too wasted to play or screwing up your big solo by trying to show off for some Hottie you are trying to nail.
2) You can't polish a turd but some songs are not meant to be polished either. They are like a fine hand woven rug that has slight variations in color and thread size and maybe a few miss-tied knots here and there. If you were to make it perfect however you would loose the soul and spirit of such a fine hand made creation. We are humans, we are not Machines, we should not be trying to be perfect like Machines.
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