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Tutorial - Playing Outside
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Playing Out - Anything Goes

Tom Quayle 164 lessons

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The final method we'll use for playing out relies on the following idea,

"Anything will work if you play it fast enough!"

This may sound like a bit of a cop out but in fact it's a very effective method for creating tension and release. There are a few ways you can approach this. Here's a few ideas,

1. Play random scales without outlining any particular harmonic area (change scales often) through fast runs.

2. Play Chromatically very fast - done by many, many guitarists perhaps too much but still very effective.

3. Use Sonic Shapes (tutorial coming on this soon too) - this refers to stacking intervals on one string and then sequencing them on other strings up and down the neck. For example we could play A at the 12 fret of the A string, then up a minor 3rd to the 15th fret, then up a major 2nd to the 17th fret. Then sequence this onto other strings. These ideas work best higher up the neck as lower down the stretches are too wide to play.

In the next example video I use all of these methods as a means for playing out. Again, remember the most important point -

Good phrasing and resolution!!

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