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Monday 23 October 2017

How I learn to play the accompaniment guitar

One of the great difficulties, I think when you learn to play the accompaniment guitar is first of all to find and then manage to settle on the right rhythm.

My guitar teacher taught me a lot about guitar playing, and I even thought I learned how to play it well if not one thing in particular. Indeed, there is a very important quality that I had to acquire, in order to get to the end of this topic of accompanying guitar playing. play, whether amateur, or professional, with another instrument and a group of other musicians or friends. I really felt this need from the moment I started to know how to play solo guitar,.

The need to play as accompaniment

It's already so nice that simply sit down and play at home alone the guitar without accompaniment. However, without any reference point to synchronize his game rhythm, I quickly realized that my pace and tempo often fluctuated. Especially when I started registering to listen to my game faults. It was from that moment that I really felt the need to play alongside another guitar or drums, and mainly when I started to learn the styles of music that actually depend on cross-play between the members of the band.

The advantage of accompaniment

In fact, I realized that playing with other musicians is, for me, the ultimate goal. However, I had to improve my game on my own before being able to play in a group. An essential point for me is to train regularly in accompanying game exercises as well as in the metronome in order to get the most out of it.

For me playing the accompaniment guitar has two huge advantages:

  • I am able to play alone when no one is available to join me.

  • I have to play in time and in rhythm if I accompany myself with a soundtrack or a metronome.

The discovery of the CoachGuitar app

In the first place, I started playing over songs recordings from my iPhone, while making sure to choose songs adapted to my level. Not so obvious thing in fine.. Then I used what is obviously a plus for this kind of exercise. The tracks in question are perfect, because they usually use drums, bass, piano, rhythmic guitars, and even voice. There are generic tracks with typical chord progressions and grooves common to rock, blues, country, funk and jazz, and tracks based on specific songs like “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne, “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton etc. But I find it less fun because we don't appeal to his deep emotions I find. To return to CoachGuitar the advantage to meis that all tracks are professionally recorded using real instruments and others are programmed using software.