Systematic Phrasing: What It Is And How It Can Improve Your Guitar Leads

Author: Tommaso Zillio

In this beginner friendly article I am going to explain how to use systematic phrasing to improve on your guitar leads.

When playing lead guitar, there is far more importance on how you play rather than what you are playing.

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Most well known guitar players aren’t shredding any complicated scales or licks. What they do is focus their time on mastering their phrasing. For instance, their use of bends, vibrato, legato, and so on. These things are what make the guitar truly sing.

When it comes to simple yet expressive guitar playing, a few players that come to mind are Dave Gilmour from Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton (also known as “slow hand”), or even Jeff Beck (check them out if you haven’t already – but then again, you probably may have heard of them :-) ).

So maybe you already know how to play hammer-ons, slides or bends. Or perhaps you can already play with a decent vibrato, but when exactly should these techniques actually be implemented in your playing?

To just say “when ever you feel it’s right” is really not going to make anything more clear. So instead I put together this simple and efficient exercise that you can play through that will really start to make these techniques stick. It is easy enough for a beginner to pick up on, and useful enough that even professionals continue to work on mastering it.

In what ways do you think you might be able to use this in your playing in the future? Are you feeling inspired to practice your guitar in a new way? Let me know in the comments. Also feel free to request and specific topics for my future articles. (click here for my contact info )

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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