"When you have those tools—whether it’s a hammer-on, a new chord, a scale, or whatever—you’ll suddenly find yourself adding those elements to your own music, and hopefully making your compositions richer and more interesting in the process. You can also bring on inspiration by doing things you don’t usually do. Play with the amp turned down real low, or crank up the delay and distortion until you can’t even hear the chords any more. Strum the guitar with a quarter, or experiment with an EBow or something. Do anything that might kick your writing in a new direction.”
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