Topic: Stuck in a rut
Hiya guys, it’s been a while since my last post but I’ve been popping in occasionally for a read.
I’m after a little advice and as the title suggests I’m stuck in a bit of a rut and don’t know how to get myself out of it. It’s not all bad, I’ve been playing for coming up to three years, 6 months ago I went for an audition as a lead guitarist in a covers band. My playing was shocking but I guess they liked my attitude and saw some potential so I got the job. I practiced my butt off for 4 months learning a set of 20 covers and we started gigging in August. We now have nearly 30 covers, mainly rock and pop with some old UK punk in there. We’re slowly building a reputation and gigging most weekends, I’m in charge of bookings and I’m even turning gigs down because we’re booked. We’re also earning quite a bit of extra cash with is most welcome!
The problem is that I’ve never really had a practice routine I’ve always learned songs, I have the 30 songs in my set down pretty well but having watched guitarists in other bands recently I’m aware my playing is a little forced and less fluid than theirs, they seem able to improvise at will where I’m stuck to my script! I’m sure this is because I’ve sort of taken a short cut and landed a position in a band pretty quickly and basically know nothing about scales or music theory etc.
I’m not really sure what I’m asking because I don’t really know what the problem is?
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