Watch the Learn to Listen online guitar lesson by Bill Evans from The Language of Improvisation
This is important. Listening is one of the most important things you can do. Learn how to understand what a person is playing from a technical AND theoretical point of view. How are they swinging their notes? How are they building a solo? What are THEY trying to say? What are they doing to add color to their solos? What’s unique about those notes? What do they do best and how do they do it? Ask yourself all of these questions when listening to someone play. Then try to incorporate it to YOUR playing. You want to constantly add to what you can play. You are always trying to say more. I am on a constant push to be able to say more with my own playing. You will do this forever. The more you can say on your instrument THE MORE FUN IT IS TO PLAY AND THE BETTER YOU SOUND TO THE LISTENER. Maybe add a new phrase every day for a week, as an exercise. Or learn a new song. Memorize a new set of chord changes. Learn one new bebop tune per day. CHALLENGE YOURSELF. BUT…KEEP IT SIMPLE.