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Electrifying Performance with Your Blues Guitar

May 11, 2008
Electric guitars are what they are-simply electrifying. They can cause your adrenaline to rush and your head to bang. They get everyone jumping and excited to hear the music. Simply put, playing the electric guitar is truly fun.

Here are the basic ways on how to add more zest to your performance with your favorite electric guitar.

1. Teach yourself the theories. Everything should start from here. Oftentimes, wannabe blues guitar players believe that as long as they can play eardrum-shattering music with their amplified guitars, they are already good to go. They are completely wrong. You got to teach yourself the different theories governing music and guitar playing.

There are many benefits you can derive from it. First of all, you should remember that principles remain the same, but strategies may change. This only means that if you know the reason why notes sound like this, or why scales have to be like that, it will be very convenient for you to improvise. The most important thing is you can fulfill the principles of guitar playing. Second, you can learn to appreciate your music more. It will help you add passion to what you're currently doing.

You really don't need to learn everything right away, though. If you're new, then you need to start with the basics. This may include learning the notes, scales, and basic electric blues guitar techniques.

2. Listen to different kinds of music. Don't feel bad if you practically have to start like a copycat when you're still learning how to play. After all, this is one of the most basic steps. You may have to listen to as many songs with electric guitars as their main accompaniment. Your goal is to be able to produce the same sound from your own electric guitar. You can download these songs from the Internet, or you can purchase a CD compilation of greatest singers and bands, such as Jimi Hendrix, Steve Morse, and Mattias IA Eklundh.

3. Learn how to do the blues licks. This is actually an unraveled mystery. One of the greatest techniques in playing the electric guitar is to learn how to do some licking or ad libs. This means blues guitar improvisation. When you know how to do this, you can add more soul, meaning, or depth to any kind of song that you're going to play. Most of all, you can spice your music with a little bit about yourself.
About the Author
Zack R is the founder of 50 Blues. Do you want free blues guitar lessons? Visit 50 Blues website and learn blues guitar with videos, articles and reports. Listen to samples of blues guitar backing tracks.
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