Nobody does it better
Nobody does it quite the way you do… This is certainly true of your thing, as nobody plays guitar like you. If you’re still unsure as to what your thing is then record yourself noodling. You’ll notice certain recurring themes and ideas, styles of playing and techniques. This should give you some pointers as to which direction to take.
Make decisions about your playing
Decide how you’re going to attack the instrument. Do you gravitate more towards fingerstyle or using the pick, or a combination of both? Do you hook your thumb over? Do you like barre chords or partial chords? You’ll find that once you go from, ‘trying stuff out’ to deciding on certain techniques, you’ll bring out more of your own character on the instrument.
Learning Scales: Quantity or Quality?
If you’re just getting into scales you may be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of permutations there are available and wondering whether you’ll ever learn them all, especially if you’ve ever dipped into the Guitar Grimoire. If you’re further on up the road then you may be wondering if you know enough scales or enough of the right scales. This is a personal choice as there are players that know all the scales (Pat Metheney, Allan Holdsworth) and players that know few or hardly any scales at all, yet both kinds of player are doing their thing. It should therefore come as a relief to know that you don’t have to know everything before you start exploring your own style.
I came across this video earlier on YouTube. This episode of the fantastic Guitar Moves series features female guitarist, Annie Clark a.k.a. St. Vincent, talking precisely about how she arrived at her own unique style. Check it out:
- Hand Ergonomics and Learning Guitar
- How to Find Your Own Unique Style on Guitar
- Unorthodox Guitar: Allan Holdsworth