How To Get Out Of Your Guitar Improvisation Rut

Author: Tommaso Zillio

Author: Tommaso Zillio

It is not uncommon to find yourself getting bored of your own guitar solos. Once we find a set of licks that we enjoy, it’s easy to play them again and again until you just can’t stand it anymore.

You could try going and learning a new scale or two. And maybe thats enough of a change in sound for a while, what with the new notes and intervals and all. But somehow even that morphs into your same usual vibe. Why is that??

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This can be a difficult place for a player to find themselves in. It can even be enough to have them stop playing all together. The whole point of improvising is creating new musical ideas on the spot. And if you find yourself unable to do it, it can feel like maybe you’ve run your creative juices dry.

The truth is, creativity needs to be practiced just like anything else. And finding yourself in a creative rut is totally normal.

A lot of the time, guitarists will focus most of their practicing on arpeggios and scales. They often forget all the other important parts of improvisation, and this is what gets them stuck in their usual playing patterns.

What most people don’t realize, is that when you are trapped in these kind of patterns, you won’t even notice that it is happening. If you did, you would easily be able to recognize it and get out of it.

So then how is this done? I will explain in the following video. You will see me working with a student to help him get out of his own improvisation routine. I will give a few easy exercises and you will be able to see first hand how it can work to quickly show results.

Everything I talk about is exactly what you can begin implementing in your own playing to break free of your soloing rut. It only takes a few minutes to see it work.

Did you follow along the video with a guitar in hand? If not, I would highly recommend you pick up your instrument and watch again. A little practice will take you far!

About the Author

Tommaso Zillio is a professional guitarist and guitar teacher. Visit Tommaso’s site to know more about music theory for guitar and visit his YouTube channel for more videos

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