Run out of ideas? Try Scott Holiday's 'mind eraser' songwriting method

Scott Holiday playing guitar live on stage
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We’ve all been there: after playing guitar for some time, a foreboding sense of déjà vu slowly creeps in as we realize we’ve been going around the fretboard in circles, playing the same lick over and over again. And, try as we might, no new ideas come to mind.

This vicious cycle can be detrimental in a player’s quest to break new ground in their guitar vocabulary, and for those wanting to explore new sonic ideas for songwriting, soloing or any other form of guitar playing.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.

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