Rock Guitarist Shares His Hirajoshi Scale Secrets
Tom Hess shows guitar players how to use the Hirajoshi guitar scale.
In his online resource, Hess discusses about approaches guitar players can use to become better at improvising using the Hirajoshi scale to demonstrate. Hess begins with an explanation about what he considers to be the foundation to great improvising:
"If you want to improvise killer guitar solos you need to understand how to easily express yourself on guitar while also smoothly integrating musical ideas together throughout a single solo. From there, adding unique scales like Hirajoshi takes your playing to another level."
He goes on to discuss more:
"Here is a secret that many guitar players are unaware of: Getting good at playing creative guitar licks is all about giving yourself tons of time to think during a solo while also reducing the number of things you have to think about. Hirajoshi has wide interval stretches that force you to focus on creativity and phrasing naturally."
In Hess's resource he gives advice in the form of tips.
"A lot of guitar players don't get enough expression out of each phrase. They just play it once and move on quickly. If you do this, you will struggle to play great guitar licks because you'll force your brain to constantly come up with new ideas (which is very hard to do) while also giving yourself less time to think in between phrases. The solution is to focus more on making every phrase great. Do this by thinking of variations of a single phrase and practicing it many times while changing up different musical elements such as rhythm, pitch, use of technique, etc."
More information can be learned about playing creative Hirajoshi guitar licks (https://tomhess.net/