Quarantine Guitar Challenge

Here’s something to distract all you guitarists during this weird lockdown. Every Monday I’m going to post a new weekly challenge for you to beat – it goes out to YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and TikTok. You can’t escape it.

Who knows, this could go on for some time…

Question & Answer Guitar Soloing

Starting improvise or write guitar solos is really tricky and super awkward, but there’s not a lot of actionable advice about how to get started effectively. This video explains Question & Answer soloing which takes ques from how we form conversations in real life.

Here’s the example tab – the above part is the Question, ending on a 5th while the lower part is the Answer as it lands on the Tonic.

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Here’s the list of ideas from the end of the video – a few things to try out and experiment with:

  • What happens if you try to answer the Question with a note other than the Root?
  • Do the questions and the Answers need to be the same length?
  • Can you ask several Questions with only one Answer?
  • What Questions can you ask from outside of the scale?
  • Do the notes leading up to the Question, (or up to the Answer), actually matter?
  • Can you ask or Answer a Question with just one note?

Phasing

Exploring Phasing through traditional music score and digital audio manipulation. Phasing as a super cool composition technique which is used to great effect in minimalism and abstract pieces of music but can be equally useful and intriguing in modern music too.

The scoring software is Guitar Pro 7 and the DAW is Cubase 8.5

Answering YouTube Auto-Complete Questions About Guitar

Answering the most searched-for questions about guitar on YouTube: quick-fire, unscripted and honest! Including:

  • Do guitarists get carpal tunnel?
  • Why do guitarists wear wristbands?
  • Why do guitarists make faces?
  • Why do guitarists hate Wonderwall?
  • Should guitarist learn to read music?
  • Should guitar strings be tight or loose?
  • Should guitar strings be the same height?
  • Should guitar pickups be level?
  • Should guitar necks be straight?
  • Should guitar strings be parallel to fretboard?
  • Should guitar neck have bow?
  • Should guitar be recorded mono or stereo?
  • Should guiars be kept in cases?
  • Should guitar neck be flat?

And, inexplicably, do guitarist get laid?