Finding Inspiration on Three Adjacent Strings

By far the most common question I hear from my students and fellow guitar players alike is, “How do I break away from playing the same old box-position riffs, licks and scale patterns and come up with new ideas?” As I have stated in a few different columns over the years, a great way to force oneself out of playing the same licks and patterns is to restrict one’s solo lines to either one, two or three strings; with multiple strings, one can either apply the approach of sticking with adjacent strings only, non-adjacent strings only, or a combination of the two. Either way, applying a construct like this to any improvised solo will automatically force you away from playing familiar licks and standard melodic “shapes.”

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Andy Aledort

Guitar World Associate Editor Andy Aledort is recognized worldwide for his vast contributions to guitar instruction, via his many best-selling instructional DVDs, transcription books and online lessons. Andy is a regular contributor to Guitar World and Truefire, and has toured with Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers, as well as participating in several Jimi Hendrix Tribute Tours.