Getting Started on Solo Arrangements

I find solo arrangements one of the most enjoyable things you can play on the guitar. It is just great to be able to sit down and create complete music on your own. Unfortunately, solo guitar is difficult to get good at technically, and it is particularly hard in the beginning. There is no standard approach you can apply, as with the piano where you can play the chords with the left hand and the melody with the right. Start working on simple arrangements, and with time you will acquire the skill necessary to play the more advanced arrangements.

What to pay attention to

Here are three pieces of advice that I feel very strongly about.

You should also think about how you want to use your right hand. Do you prefer to play with the pick only, or do you like plucking the strings with your fingers? I don't want to try to sell you a specific right hand technique because I think it is a personal choice. If you keep an open mind and experiment occasionally you avoid getting stuck with bad habits, and you should be able to keep improving.