Trying to improve my guitar playing and singing is why I haven’t written new originals in a long while… plus I’m on a writer’s block admittedly…

I’ll confess it. I haven’t written a new batch of original songs and released new songs publicly in a long long while. That’s because there is a few reasons for that.

  1. I’m still trying to improve my guitar playing and take it to the next level.
  2. Still working on my singing. I want to have more range and more power in my voice so I’m practicing my singing everyday still and I feel I’m getting better with that.

My goal for guitar playing is that I want to be an improv master. Be the type of guitar player that can play anything I hear. That way I can write songs better and I can easily and quickly get them out of my head. I’m still trying to improve my rhythm guitar chops and lead guitar too ’cause I want to get real good at both. I want to be able to play rhythm guitar all over the fretboard ’cause it got too boring just playing open chords all of the time.

I learned that if you want to be the type of guitar player where you play all over the neck, up and down… you gotta know the road maps of guitar and knowing music theory will get you there. I want to be able to play lead fills in between chords, play double stops all over with licks, triads and all that stuff. I’m also starting to learn some pretty unique chords ’cause it can get pretty boring just learning easy chords like basic open chords and bar chords.

I’m hoping to make my original music more complex. Something more challenging. I’ve grown tired of writing easy campfire like songs and had enough with that and I want to experiment.

Listening to bands like Opeth and Dream Theater pretty much has inspired me to go this direction. I kind of want to play more proggy type of music. In fact, I always saw that my music was pretty “proggy”, ya know, “prog rock” ’cause that’s what I always called it in the past and I still do. What prog rock is it’s music that stops when they feel like stopping. That’s why you hear a lot of prog rock songs that can go from 7 minutes to 20 minutes long. Songs that “progress”, they build up as the song goes along. That is why I love prog rock. I want to make this similar type of music. Whenever I do start writing my next batch of songs, I’m going to try to make them more melodic than ever.

Musicians always plan ahead of how long they want their songs to be. You see, I never did that with my own songwriting. I don’t care if my songs ends over 10 minutes ’cause I make my songs whenever I feel like stopping them… it just happens. A lot of people have complained before that my older songs were “too long” but I never felt they were too long.

That’s the thing with prog rock music… they may feel like they’re “long songs” even though a lot of them can be 10 – 20 minutes but in reality, they feel like they are real short if you get my point. They just go by fast ’cause of the pacing of the song. I can listen to a 20 minute Dream Theater song but it actually won’t feel like it’s 20 minutes. The thing is a lot of prog rock bands don’t do this verse/chorus/verse/chorus thing a lot… they just write how they want to and that’s it. That’s how I would want to write my next batch of songs.

I do write really short songs, though… not all of them are super long.

I do want to get back into songwriting and admittedly, I’ve been on a writers block for a while. So I just learn a lot of cover songs and teach myself how to play guitar better. I’d like to get back into songwriting at some point ’cause I’m itching for some new stuff.

Kev

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