New musical opportunities have arisen and I need to find my confidence when playing lead guitar. What are the top tips for playing with a confident and casual attitude? Should I be taking note of any lead guitar players in particular for inspiration? A collection of snowflakes inside.
I have been playing the guitar for 5 years and I love it. I have been told that I have a real talent for rhythm guitar playing and I must admit that I do feel at my most comfortable when I'm setting a pace. I have played rhythm guitar in a few bands and, more recently, I have delved into the world of playing in the house band for musical theatre productions in my local area.
After recent success in a production of Grease, I have been asked to take on a more prominent role within the house band. My only problem is that I am a very shy lead guitarist. I believe I have all the ability of a good lead guitar player but the thought of demonstrating that in front of others makes me nervous.
Quite a lot of guitar players that I'm friendly with tell me that they found inspiration from a particular guitarist while they were still learning. I have never had an inspirational guitarist to look up to before and maybe that is what I'm lacking. I've been listening to a lot of Haim
recently and their lead guitarist, Danielle, is certainly an example of what I want to be able to do on stage. Her stage presence and attitude are fantastic and, as a fellow female, she makes me feel like it's not impossible to achieve my goal somehow. See here
for examples. She is the closest thing to an inspiration that I have.
My questions are these -
1. Are there any top tips for boosting playing confidence? Lead guitar playing is especially important.
2. Are there any lead guitarists that I should be looking to for inspiration? Any genre and/or playing styles are welcome.
All suggestions are much appreciated.