There are so many guitar lessons out there. But… very few that show you how to create your own music.
Why is that? Because most guitarists don't know how to compose. For the most part, they are strummers who follow chord symbols on the written page.
For most, this is enough and provides entertainment and an artistic release.
But what about those who want to create their own original fingerstyle guitar pieces? Where are they to go for instruction? Traditionally, they would turn to books and perhaps DVD's. The problem is that most of these don't really break it down for you - that is, they don't really teach you the secrets to composition.
Take a look at the free guitar lesson “Mountain Spring" (available below). Here we have a simple plan to create with. We have our materials (3 chords from the C Major scale) and the scale itself. We use these materials to create music with.
You'll also notice that in this free guitar lesson, I'm using something called a chart. The chart is a very useful tool for both improvisation and composition for it allows you to quickly jot down your musical ideas and expand upon them.
For instance, when you download the chart I've provided, you'll notice that the first 2-bars of melody are filled out. This is the melody I used to create “Mountain Spring" with. You'll also notice that the entire piece of music is simply an 8-bar phrase repeated twice.
I did this purposely to keep it simple. Of course, if we wanted to extend this piece, we could add in more sections and use the art of repetition and contrast to our advantage. But by following the chart and listening to what I play, you'll soon see that you don't need a lot of material to create with.
A gentle ambiance is created here and this is all that is necessary to create your own unique guitar music!
Edward Weiss is a guitarist/composer and webmaster of Quiescence Music's online guitar lessons . He has been helping students learn how to play fingerstyle guitar for over 8 years and works with students in private, in groups, and now over the internet. Visit www.quiescencemusic.com/guitar_lessons.html now and get a FREE guitar lesson!