Tom Hess outlines a different approach for creating a great guitar solo.
Learn How to Play Guitar Solos
How do you get that improvised sound that you hear in so many great guitar solos? The best guitar solos are usually planned out. We have many lessons here dealing with playing solos and improvising on guitar. Beginners will probably want to check out our Beginner's Guide To Soloing series. If you've already spent some time on guitar scales, you'll probably benefit from the series on Turning Scales into Solos.
Our lesson of A Horse With No Name continues with advice on how to spice up your strumming as well as a look at the solo from the original recording.
Even if you consider yourself an expert at guitar solos, you’ll still find the exercise Tom introduces in this mini-lesson eye opening.
Saying something with music is what soloing is all about. Here is the first of a two parts from Tom Serb on “Language Based Soloing.”
Tom Hess details the most common reasons why guitar players struggle to create great solos and then gives you tips on massively improving your lead playing.
Making small adjustments to simple 3-note sequences can bring a unique sound to your soloing. Paul Tauterouff shows you how it’s done.
There’s a very simple reason a lot of solos sound more like someone playing scales rather than solos and it all comes down to how you practice. Learn how to solo by learning how to practice soloing.
Creating expressive solos involves a lot more than playing a lot of notes. One of the best ways to practice expressiveness is to use just a handful of notes, as Tom Hess demonstrates in his latest article. This lesson includes a great tutorial video as well.
Here’s a scale exercise you might especially helpful if you’re interested in improvisation, especially modal improvisation.
The pentatonic scale is, without doubt, one of the guitarist’s chief tools. Modes, on the other hand, can be confusing. Paul Tauteroff shows how guitar players who are already familiar with the pentatonic scale can learn and utilize the modes in their lead guitar playing.