Becoming a versatile guitar player is something everyone should consider, regardless of whether your passion lies, genre-wise. Training yourself to be fluent in multiple styles of music will actually improve your ability to play your favorite genres and make you a more well-rounded musician.
The best place to start with any genre is by digging into techniques first and approaching tone afterwards. The most expensive boutique guitar amp won’t make you sound like a blues player if you don’t have your double-stop and bending techniques locked in, and a towering stack of high-gain amps won’t make you sound like a metal player if you don’t have your various picking styles up to snuff.
Take a look at the compilation of techniques in my video below, and see how they might be able to fit into your own arsenal of techniques. No matter your skill level, everyone should be able to master the "Guitar Hero" technique pretty quickly.
Tyler Larson is the founder of the guitar-centric brand Music is Win (opens in new tab). His insightful, uncomplicated guitar lessons and gear demonstrations along with entertaining, satirical content about life as a musician receive tens of millions of video views per month across social media. Tyler is also the creator of the extremely popular online guitar learning platform, Guitar Super System. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Tyler has been teaching guitar for over a decade and operates a production studio in Nashville, TN.