We’ve all been there…
You grab your guitar (or your favourite guitar…)
You throw on your favourite backing track to get those soloing inspiration juices flowing…
… but then all that comes out from your fingers feels like rubbish. Like you’re playing up and down scales. And none of it sounds or feels like you’re playing real music that you like the sound of.
Here’s why your scales don’t sound like music (and what to do about it.)
If you’re anything like me in the past, or my students now (when they first start)… when you practise your scales you probably play them straight up and down.
If you don’t do this, then more power to you. This probably isn’t the advice you need to hear…
… but if all you do is practice scales up and down…
I’d recommend spending some time finding a way to make your scales more musical.
One approach to do this is to sing a rhythm with your voice.
Yes, actually sing something with your voice. (If you struggle with this, you can imagine nursery rhymes or songs you know really well.)
Once you have the rhythm in your head… then go onto the guitar and choose two strings only from your scale.
Using those two strings only… try to play a short melody.
What you play probably will NOT sound like Jimi Hendrix. It’s a process.
Over time you will be able to create better melodies and cooler solos. It’s just going to feel tricky for right now.
So the next time you’re struggling with turning scales into music… consider this little technique.