Time for a "Songwriting for Guitar Tip". . . this week we're gonna talk about the capo! For me as a songwriter, the capo is an awesome tool to use. This gives me the ability to write in different voicings.
If you're not sure what a voicing is, to put it simply, we can play the same chord but using different shapes. Let's say we have progression F major, B flat major, C major and D minor. These barre chords sound pretty bulky, kind of in your face. But if I were to take the capo on the fifth fret I can get a totally different voicing.
F is now C
Bb is now F
C is now G
Am is now Dm
I get a completely different feel and that may affect how I write my melodies. My whole point is this isn't a cop-out. Yes, the capo can help you play easy chords when you're starting guitar and play other songs but as you advance as a guitarist and songwriter this is a great tool for different voicings.
What's up everyone it's Tuesday and it's time for another song writing for guitar tip! This week I want to talk about palm muting. Now on the outside it seems like palm muting is very standard easy and super simple, but for a lot of people it's tricky to getting it sound consistent. I'm gonna give you a few tips to help improve your palm muting.
The first thing is to have your hand at an angle and to keep your pinky out like it got super glued to the side of your pick guard. Your second and third finger are gonna be loose they're gonna feel relaxed and then the first and thumb are holding the pick. When the second and third finger are relaxed that means there's going to be less tension on in the wrist. A lot of inconsistent palm muting comes from tension. A big thing, remember keep that hand to the side right by your bridge, you’re gonna get some more consistent palm muting music now when you start practicing a big thing with all guitar. . . . go slow!
Building a better practice routine, is one of the trickiest things for any guitar player/singer songwriter. Stop have this unreasonable expectations when practicing! Set very reasonable (yes, reasonable goals. . . you're an adult, life happens!)
Pick a focus item (Scales, chords, a chorus a song you want to learn)
You'll feel better and start to build a more focused/consistent practicing routine.
Not sure where to start? Shoot me a message at [email protected]
Far too often when I get a new student or have a mentoring session with someone for guitar they say a few phrases. . .
"I'm not that good"
"My technique it terrible"
"I'll never be good"
. . STOP! The language we use matters. It can effect our playing!!
Yes we're all working hard on those things but remember, how you are right now, is just fine. Right now in this moment . . .you are fine just as you are.
This week we're gonna talk about picks. Why am I being so picky?? (Sorry I had to) We spend some much time searching for the perfect guitar, the right brand of strings we sometimes skip over the most important item. . .the pick! In my experience, the pick you use dictates the genre you're writing in. Test and don't be afraid to experiment with different pick thickness, find out which is best suited for you.