Feel like your playing is stuck in a rut? You need to face up to your weak points – it will make you a more well-rounded guitarist

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When you first start playing guitar, every day is full of inspiration, but as you improve, frustration can start to take over, particularly when you reach a plateau – ie, you're stuck at one level.

Plateau frustration often creeps in as we catch ourselves starting every solo with the same line, or our fingers automatically form the same chord shape from muscle memory.

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Joe Dean

Joe is a freelance writer with an affinity for all things noisy, and loves offset Fenders, Stratocasters, and hollowbodies. He plays jazz and improv residencies and is part of UK grunge outfit IOTA. Alongside his playing, Joe harbors an interest in production and sound design, which propeled him into specialized marketing, interviews, and blog content for electronic music outlets and developers like Slate + Ash. When not merging his love for the guitar with music journalism, Joe succumbs to his fuzz-tone addiction and continually expands his collection of music gear.