What is the “Die Exercise?”

For the next 3 weeks I am going to be revealing creativity “secrets” for guitar players. One per day for 21 days.

These are tricks, questions, exercises and mind sets I’ve picked up along the way of my 30 year career. These secrets are valuable and work across all genres, styles, and skill levels. You can begin to implement any or all of them, right now, today.

You will want to share this with all your guitar playing friends. Or maybe not. Once you see how valuable what I am about to share with you is, you may want to keep it all to yourself. I hope you share it. Your friends will appreciate you thinking of them and sharing things that work.

So let’s jump in…

The Die Exercise

Instead of multiple dice, you use only one die to do this exercise. You didn’t think I was going to tell you to imagine you were dying did you? That’d be weird. I prefer creativity and fun.

You can use this to be more creative with anything you are working on. Here’s how it works:

You simply roll the die. Whatever number lands face up is the number of ________ you come up with.

You rolled a 3?

Are you writing songs? Come up with 3 new riffs.

Are you working on the A minor pentatonic scale? Come up with 3 new lead licks utilizing that scale.

Are you working on effects? Find 3 new effects combinations you might use.

Learning a new chord? Find three different positions you can play the chord in. Or, write 3 new chord progressions with the new chord.

Make sure you have a way of documenting these creations quickly. I use an Mp3 app on my phone. You might choose some other way, but this enables me to record quickly and store it on my external hard drive for safe keeping.

Do this every day for 100 days and you have a great catalog of musical concepts you’ve created, as well as, having developed a new level of skill in creativity.

What do you think your life will be like if you incorporate this into your daily routine for the next decade?

Now it’s time to go do this and enjoy the results.

I’d like to hear from you about the results you get from this exercise.



You can expand this exercise to benefit you in more ways I haven’t thought of. A great way to do that is by asking yourself:

“How else can I use this?” or “What else can I use this for?”

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