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ChristopherSchlegel
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ChristopherSchlegel
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Posts: 8,395
12/07/2023 3:41 pm
#1 Originally Posted by: jason.windish

hello i know this may be a hard question to answer but. ok i'm an intermediate player and i'm at a loss on what to actually practice when i pick up my guitar to progress my skills. i cannot afford the 39 dollar lesson plan atm . i'm working thru all the level 2 GT courses, is there any good intermediate videos for practicing here that someone can recommend?, it's hard because everything is either too easy or too hard and TBH it's kinda hard to navigate the lessons here that are outside of the courses. i know a handful of songs, the cowboy chords, barre chords, power chords, the major scale positions, a little bit of the modes. i can improvise solo's a bit but i dont have any memorized.......they are all either too easy or too hard........ idk maybe someone can just recommend a good first blues or rock solo or song for an intermediate to memorize. something thats not just a few pentatonic notes or. something thats not all crazy. i.e. louie louie solo is too easy and no way can i remember sweet home chicago solo.

Hey & welcome.


Thanks for the your list of skills.  The more detailed you can be about your goals, the more precisely we can help you find lessons that will help you achieve them.


For example, you mention learning a blues or rock solo.  I can recommend a few songs.  But it sounds like maybe you want to improve your lead playing in general.  What's really going to help here is for you to understand the process of improvisation and then build a repertoire of licks that you can play anytime you need them, and adapt them to the specific song, key or situation you are working on.


With all that in mind, here's a list of thing to check out.


These two songs are filled with classic blues licks & riffs.  Great stuff for intermediate players to learn from & material that is used in a hundred other blues songs & you can reuse for as long as you play guitar.


T-Bone Shuffle
https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial/2092/


Bright Lights, Big City
https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial/1763/


Learning the conceptual process of improvisation can also be helpful.  These lessons start very simple, then get more advanced.  But the point is that you learn how improvising is 3 step process:  identify key signature, target chord tones, build melodies.  If the first few tutorials are too easy, then just watch through them & quickly move forward to the material that interests you & targets your skill level.


https://www.guitartricks.com/collection/learning-to-improvise


Ultimately the reason you learn songs & how to improvise is to have a repertoire of licks, a library of things to play in the moment.  It's like learning a language in order to have a real time conversation.  This list of tutorials is aimed at building a repertoire of licks.  Again, it starts simply, but that has the advantage of being able to jump right in playing along with the practice backing tracks.  But if any of the early tutorials are too simple, then jump ahead to the material that matches your skill level & is something that you can learn from in order to improve your playing.  In particular make sure to look at the second half of the list which are how to play a complete arrangement of a blues song with a variety of rhythm comping & lead fills.


https://www.guitartricks.com/collection/Bread-and-Butter-Butter-Blues-Licks


Hope that helps.  If you have more questions, please ask.  Best of success!


 


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