When I wanted to learn my first solo, I couldn't play it because it was beyond my abilities. So I started playing my own. Now even if I can play anything, I just play my own. I dont bother about learning that solo. Agreed it has a great many things in it but I feel when I play my own I sound far better than when I copy something. Not saying my solos are better but the feel of my own notes C, D, E and better than the copie notes C, D and E. It's just a great feeling. Even on gigs, I do the same. I dont care if it sounds good. Sometimes I make mistakes, miss notes, go out of key but that's still okay but trying to sound great by copying a solo note by note. I read an interview with Randy Rhoads recently. He said that he had this inferiority complex that he could copy any artist's solo properly, so he played his own and finally ended up developing his own style. When I read that I just had a smile in my face. I didn't copy his idea and neither I am a fan of Randy Rhoads but I just felt happy about my approach. I find it more fun jamming on random keys like C Minor or D# Major or A Major or F# Minor or whatever. It should be spot improvisation in those keys and at least play over some 8 frets instead of getting stuck with that Minor Box. I seeing people who play pretty good but have no clues of any other key than E Minor or A Minor.
I am not much good in playing but I feel it's better to improve as a musician by doing certain things than seeking a few applause by copying few things.
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