If you’ve ever spent more than 10 minutes in the YouTube casino…
Then you will have probably seen one thing in particular.
That is, there are lots of lessons on songs and playing styles, but….
Rarely does anyone teach you how to play songs musically
I find this shocking really, I mean, when a guitarist would come into my studio for the first time…
The first thing I would do after the introductions and getting them comfortable would be to get a grasp on where they were with their playing.
We’d start off slow and steady and when they were indeed comfortable, I’d get them to show me a song or piece of theirs.
Most of the time, the thing that struck me most was…
The reason why they were there in my studio was because of issues with musicality.
This was the case if they’d played for a few months, years, or decades.
Yes, there were often other issues, such as structuring practice, focus, motivation, development, which songs to learn, where to go next, etc., but musicality was the big one…
…Especially with those struggling.
Yet, the folk on YouTube do nothing to address this.
So, if ever you play a song/music and it doesn’t sound very musical, what do you do?
Most people don’t have much idea and it’s not their fault, it took me a long time to discover how to improve musicality too.
I mean, the word “musicality” covers a lot of ground.
It covers rhythm, technique, timing, expression, phrasing, dynamics, and more…
That’s quite a lot to work on at once, but what if I said you can do a few exercises which will help you improve those aspects all at once…
…And help you become a more musical player, within a day or 2 of practising these ideas.
…And in the new Dan Thorpe Acoustic Academy lessons for May, I cover this.
The workout is one of 3 new lessons.
This one is split into two.
- Part A covers “universal” musicality, which will improve all your playing and songs
- Part B covers specific sections which trip people up in the brand-new song I’ll be teaching (more on this tomorrow).
Both parts are very powerful, and the exercises are short.
Do them with focus the way I will show you, and you will be a far more musical player, which will help you leapfrog 99% of those struggling, trying to learn on YouTube.
Find out more about the Dan Thorpe Acoustic Academy below…
Have a fun day of practice!
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