I feel like I'm struggling as a guitar player, maybe as a musician in general. Help?

Lately I've been feeling like I want to become a better guitar player, learn to play lead a little bit better, but I'm not sure why, other than I am just absolutely sick of playing rhythm and strumming chords over... and over... and over again. I want to be able to learn how to play cool licks and riffs, all the cool impressive stuff that lead guitar players play, and I practice my scales but every time I try to solo, it just sounds boring and stale. I've tried studying music theory on guitar and while it does help a little and it seems easy enough on paper, I try to apply it to playing guitar and it's almost a completely different story. I'm just sick of being the guy strumming chords and let's face it, no one pays attention to rhythm guitar players hardly unless they're singing lead, otherwise most crowds watch for the drummer and lead guitar player. I don't know, maybe I'm trying too hard or maybe even doing it for all the wrong reasons. Any help or insight is definitely appreciated. Thanks.


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  • Honestly, the best you can do is get lessons from a professional or ask anyone you know how to do it. It's hard to just to look up the information on your own and try to apply it. I know lessons aren't cheap, but it's probably the only thing you can do right now. Since you have that drive to learn, it'll be quicker to pick up when someone else is helping you. I'm a musician too, so I understand.


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  • So stop studying theory and actually learn some licks and riffs. Of course it's going to sound boring and formulaic if you're just playing scales. It's sort of like trying to learn a language by studying the dictionary. Pick some licks or solos you like and learn them. Learning other people's songs gives you insight into how technical knowledge can be applied to real music.

  • I just sick of guitar string so transform to piano. Then to find the musical meaning not only to be cool. I think that you dont master music theory actually.
    So can not find interest in it. Guitar is good instruments actually. So it depends on players ability. Sometimes you watch things that depends on how far you can see. You can see more that things are more meaningfully for you.
    As pianist said there are 88 keys on piano but there are unlimited music can be played. triy to find the connect on scales you will find more.

  • Basically the art of lead guitar has a couple of things. Get your techniques down (alternate picking, economy picking, sweeping, tapping etc.), know your color tones by heart and don't hit them by accident or play the root note all the time. Know the Caged system, modes what scale you can use over the progression. Really focus on creating melodies instead of playing scales up and down. Last but not least the most important technique there is VIBRATO. If you sound stale and boring there can be two reasons you play scales up and down or your vibrato is wack. So try to start off by really focus on your vibrato a lot!


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