“He plays guitar by ear.” This is what probably every guitarist dreams of hearing from his or her admirers. In fact this is one of the most beautiful compliments a guitarist can get.
What exactly is this seemingly magical skill? It means to listen to a song and then play it on your guitar. Wow! Only an expert Art jam team building can do this. But don’t lose heart. Experts, too, were beginners at some point of their lives. And if they can reach a level of playing guitar by ear, so can you.
The guitar doesn’t require any back up instrument, it does perfectly fine all by itself. You don’t really need any back up percussion, or rhythm section. You’ll do fine strumming along all by yourself and singing along. The sheer number of street performers around the world are a testament to how quickly and easily you can be performing in public with an acoustic guitar.
A public toilet at the back of the theater was all that was available to them and if it weren’t for the insistence of there manager (Allen Williams) they would have gone without clean bed sheets and towels. Five months would pass with the band taking little more that sponge bath’s, as the dressing room at the Indra Club also consisted of the men’s toilet.
They gathered their belonging from behind the screen and decided to set the dry drapes on fire and run for it. No mention to anyone in the theater that it was on fire. Before much damage was done, it was extinguished before near disaster. But suspicion was set in and the police couldn’t help notice” The Beatles” written in carbon from the flame of a candle.
“I didn’t have time to rehearse” is the worst excuse you can have. And I hear it continuously. To help cure this, schedule your practice session into your day the same as other “have-to’s”. Classes, work, prepare dinner, put the kids into bed, practice guitar. If it’s important to you, treat it like that.
With practice, you can throw a mean side kick or the kick I invented for close quarter combat – called the Rising Side Kick. Take time to master this drill and take it into your next sparring session. It works great as a jamming defensive attack or as an offensive kick. Don’t limit yourself to side kicks either. Be sure to add back kicks, thrust kicks, and stomping kicks to your repertoire so you have an arsenal of powerful kicks.
You are going to want to spend about 30-45 minutes a day going through these three practice techniques I’ve outlined. If you keep at it you will notice a difference in your lead playing within a few weeks. You might be surprised how fast you learn to play lead guitar.