Behold Guitar Cover by Born of Osiris

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Behold Guitar Cover - Watch Joshua Voiles, a progressive metal guitarist jam in the market to "Behold" by Born of Osiris.

Quite often, when crossing the edge from "beginning guitarist" to - "guitar player" - it's natural to notice the "creative" juices start to flow. You take a seat doodling with your guitar, and suddenly an awesome chord progression glides off your fingers, a melody actually starts to surface, you make note of some lyrics over a tattered legal pad, and invariably, a song is born.

Maybe you've opted that you're going to write your own personal songs, express yourself and your inner feelings, simply play original material. That's great! It's a worthy goal, so write on!

When it comes to self expression, guitarists (and musicians normally) often fall into one of the different categories:

Original Music "Purists"

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I know musicians that are so adamant about exclusively playing their very own songs that they wouldn't get caught accurate stage with a "cover" song of their portfolio.

Cover Song Musicians

We have other friends that play in bands that play only "cover" tunes. They enjoy bringing familiar songs to life for a live crowd, and a few get paid well for this.

"A Little Bit of Both" Musicians

Now that I no longer do international calls touring, I write lots of original songs to pitch to publishers and artists, but in addition play with various local and regional bands that predominately play cover songs. Most musicians I understand fall into this "little amount of both" category.

Although it is really an admirable goal to pursue strictly original material, there are a variety of benefits to learning cover songs that ought to not be neglected.

As we, as humans, certainly are a "sum of our experiences", then we, as musicians, are a sum of our "musical experiences". Anything that we have ever played, precisely what we have ever heard, all of the little bits and pieces, as well as the full length scores - are typical rolled up together into why is us each unique as individual musicians.

You are able to then conclude that, in order to be a better songwriter and broader musician, you ought to "learn more cover songs".

Although that theory could possibly be contrary to a songwriting "purist", it stands to reason that even the staunchest supporter with the "original material only" path had, at the outset of their journey, followed and emulated artists that inspired them previously.

And probably without even realizing it, those "cover" songs have no less than had a subconscious influence on their own original music.

Learning cover songs is a superb exercise in expanding your musical vocabulary. What you learn from cover songs use a way of filtering through and becoming part of your own personal style.

The things you learn from cover songs won't help you as a songwriter, it will have an impact on your guitar playing.

My beginning of learning to play lead guitar were spent hoovering more than a turntable while, "stealing licks" from Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Jeff Beck, Robin Trower, Jimmy Page and Clapton. Those early influences have a big impact on my gameplay, even decades later.

There are a few neat things that sometimes happens while learning and dissecting cover songs. The experience of finally nailing a challenging lick, the satisfaction of determining an inconspicuous chord, the invention of a new chord progression that you had not considered before - there are several "aha" moments when learning cover songs that will have been missed otherwise.

And those moments make a conscious, or unconscious, contribution to who you are and what you will become musically.

Quite often, new guitar players disassociate with attempting to learn cover songs. There is a thought that songs on a recording are somehow beyond their hands, somehow "un-learnable".

But the truth is that, to get a guitarist that has basic principles under their belt, many of the songs in popular music which they aspire to learn are in reality comprised of chord progressions and patterns that they already know, or are aware of. Many are surprised to learn that it's really not all that difficult to learn them.

It is through this discovery method that a new guitar player will start to truly expand their horizons and begin to progress as musicians by beginning the whole process of figuring out how to play cover songs.

So irrespective of which path you finally end up taking, whether or not it's the pure original songwriting route, the cover song route, or even a combination thereof - keep in mind that spending the time and effort to master cover songs can be a healthy habit to get into and that the effort pays off in dividends for you musically for as long as you play guitar.