How to Mess Around on Guitar and Still Sound Good.
Ever wanted to just pick up the guitar and “make it up” as you went along?
It’s called improvisation but I prefer the phrase messing around or in Aussie slang: mucking around…..and it can be a lot of fun.
It also helps to orient your fingers and your musical “ear” and develops all kinds of musical skills.
…and it’s easier than you think. Try this:
Put on your favourite music (CD, iTunes, Vinyl etc) and get ready with your guitar. Start by playing any note at all. Then ask yourself the following questions:
1. Did it fit with the music?
2. Was it way “out”…or just a little bit?
3. If it worked, play the same note again. Did it still work or had the music changed too much? Here’s a guide for what to do next:
If the note fitted well with the music: play it again until it doesn’t fit anymore.
If the note didn’t fit well with the music: try moving up or down 1 fret. That will usually work but if not, move up or down 1 more fret until the note fits with the music.
Then you can just repeat the process until you know which notes work and which don’t.
It might be helpful to write them down along with the name of the song. It’s helpful if the song has a simple structure rather than a complicated jazz piece for example. Blues, folk or country songs usually work well because of their basic chord structure.