Listening to instrumental electric guitar music has always been my favorite thing. I’ve always loved listening to instrumental guitar music like Al Di Meola, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Jason Becker, Marty Friedman, Alan Holdsworth, Eric Johnson and others. I haven’t gotten into Yngwie Malmsteen much but I should get into his music more too. I’ve been listening to instrumental shred guitar for many years and I’m thinking of becoming that kind of artist. It’s why I’m trying to improve my guitar playing chops. Learning music theory, ear training skills, improving my technique and all that stuff. I want to play guitar like those guys I listed and working my way up there.
In the past, I used to make my own instrumental music using MIDI software and want to get back into that stuff again. I would like to make my own instrumental backing tracks to jam killer leads over it. Yeah, I want to make instrumental music ’cause I love that stuff. Doesn’t mean I’ll give up singing for good, though. I’ll make both instrumentals and songs with vocals. I’ll make songs with vocals only if the song calls for it.
It is also why I’m trying to get good with piano/keyboards so I can have the skills to use MIDI controllers and learn how to use the”Piano Roll’ on DAW’s. It is why I’m trying to study and practice virtual drums & timing so I can have the skills to program my own drum tracks.
To be an instrumental artist, having a good ear, knowing music theory and having good rhythm chops is pretty important. I’m trying to get good with all those. It has always been my dream to make an instrumental shred album and one day I will. In guitar playing, I’m not a speed demon and technical god yet but I do want to get there, though. Just taking my time. A lot of guitarists like to rush but I don’t. I just want to be patient and not get too ahead of myself.
Instrumental music is awesome and I would like to start making that kind of music myself.