Immediately Make Your Guitar Playing Sound Fresh Without Learning Anything New

At one point or another- all guitar players, regardless of their level of ability, feel that their guitar playing has gotten stale. You find yourself playing the same licks, scales, chords and strumming patterns over and over again- getting bored with your guitar playing.  

 At this point, you may look for new things to learn thinking that it will make your guitar playing sound fresh and new. The truth is that while learning new things will work for you in the short term, eventually you will fall back into the same pattern of playing the same things over and over and being bored again.   

Now you have a choice to make. You can either continue doing what you have been doing and getting the same results or you can make a simple change to your approach to learning to play guitar and consistently make your guitar playing sound fresh without having to learn anything new.   

The fastest way to make your guitar playing sound fresh is to take things that you already know how to do and apply them in different ways. For example, if you are strumming chords, try changing your strumming pattern, arpeggiating the chord(s) or combing the two. There are so many possibilities that you can do that it would take a very long time to make it through every one of them. You can apply this to every aspect of your guitar playing. This works just as well for soloing as it does for rhythm guitar.   

Here are a few possibilities:   

Rhythm Guitar:  

  •  Changing your strumming pattern (using different rhythms)  
  •  Arpeggiating the chord (playing the notes of the chord(s) separately 
  •  Resting (not strumming or arpeggiating) on certain beats  
  • Using Chord inversions  
  • Substituting chords  
  • Moving the bass note to create the feeling of movement  

Practice applying as many of these as you already know to your guitar playing. Don’t worry about learning anything more, just doing this will keep you plenty busy. If you don’t know how to do these things, contact a guitar teacher in your area who can help you.   


Byron Marks   

About the author: Byron Marks is a teacher who gives guitar lessons in Manchester, NH. Byron is 100% committed to getting the best results for his students and helping them reach their musical goals.