I’m having a REALLY good time learning some country licks this week.
I come from a jazz/blues/rock background, so I don’t have a good set of country licks at my fingertips. Working through this article and video from Guitar World is helping fix that. There’s some really fun riffs, and in a variety of country styles.
You can get the tab and notes here.
Amazing Slow Downer
Another thing inspiring me is a practice tool that’s really helpful for learning solos and transcribing music. It’s the Amazing Slow Downer software. I was recommended this last year by a guitar instructor. He used this with his students to help them learn solos. The key feature is that the software doesn’t change pitch when it slows down (or speeds up) a track.
What I like:
Available across all devices (iOS, Android, Windows, Mac)
What I don’t:
There’s not a way right now for it to access songs in Spotify (or if there is, someone please let me know). It can play songs from iTunes, though. I don’t mind paying .99 to learn a track, but I live in Spotify more. So I would love the ability to work through playlists there.
Percussive Techniques for Acoustic Guitar
I love acoustic guitar, and I am a fan of modern, percussive, acoustic guitarists like Andy McKee and Antoine Dufour. This article is a detailed set of insights on how those types of players get different percussion effects from their guitar.
[…] there’s a lot of similar tools out there. I’ve even mentioned the Amazing Slowdowner before, another app doing the same job. But I like PracticeLooper because it’s simple and […]