Simple Idea for Acoustic Guitar Solo Arrangements
This works for me when I want a new tune to play solo on acoustic guitar.
This method is very simple and other players may do it and may not consider it a big deal.
What I’ve noticed over the years is that every now and then we can become a little musically dry, lacking in inspiration.
Here’s what I do to get some new ideas for acoustic guitar arrangements.
- I’ll take someone else’s written arrangement of a tune, play it through once or twice, get a good idea of their approach and then close the book.
- I will then write out a rough map of the song, the chord pattern and basic structure.
- Then I’ll play it as I hear it in my head. I find it better to only have the music in front of me for a short period of time, this way my ear takes over and plays what I think it should sound like and not like someone else has felt and played it.
- Over the months, the tunes develop into to totally new arrangements and only have a hint of what was written in the first place.
By doing this I’m getting the best of both worlds, inspiration from other great players which helps me develop in different areas of my playing and I’m also using my own creativity.
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