Chris Spedding’s 10 lessons learned from a life in guitar

Chris Spedding

Chris Spedding.
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“When I’ve been asked by players how they should go about improvising a solo on a particular chord sequence, I will say, ‘Get into the habit of singing a note in your head and then see if you can find that note on the guitar. That’s your first lesson. Then sing a very simple melody in your head and see if you can play that on the guitar…

That’s the technique that I advise people to try and follow, and I think that’s what I learned from the jazz thing. And never forget that it might start in your head or in your ears and it might end up through your fingers – but try and make sure it always goes through your heart!”

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