3 Exercises for Creative Guitar Playing

Creative guitar playing is not reserved for the lucky few who are born with disproportionate amounts of creativity. It can be practiced and learned by anyone willing to do the work.

Here are 3 exercises that will get you thinking and playing in new ways.

1. Write a riff, lick or chord progression for each of the following emotions: anger, heartache, fear, suspicion, sarcasm, joy, etc.

2. Try to create animal sounds with your guitar. Start with horses, whales, elephants and dolphins. Feel free to experiment with various effects pedals to help out with this one.

3. Over a 12 bar blues (or other simple progression), pretend you are a different guitarist for each chorus. Try to match the tone, style and articulation of each guitarist you're emulating. Here's a list of players to get you started: B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Billy Gibbons, Pat Metheny, Brad Paisley, Eddie Van Halen.

These 3 exercises should be enough to spark many new, creative ideas for your guitar playing.

I'd love to hear your ideas for practicing creativity on guitar. Leave a comment below.

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