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(@kirkd)
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My instructor has moved me on to soloing. Typically he plays an Em progression and I solo using an Em pentatonic scale at the 12th fret. Apart from the fact that I suck at soloing - I'm a beginner 8^) - I need some good practice songs. I've searched around and mostly what I find is either really easy (e.g., Foreigner songs) or really hard (e.g., Joe Satriani). Needless to say, I'm coming up a bit empty on finding solos that meet the criteria.

Does anyone have some recommendations for good songs of which to learn their solos? I would like to find some that integrate some extra techniques, too. Hammer-ons, pull-off, and bends are particularly of interest.

-kirk


   
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(@clau20)
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Smell like teen spirit - Nirvana is a relatively easy solo to learn

If you practice hard :wink: Wanted Dead Or Alive could be a nice solo to learn. There's some hammer-on, slide, pinched harmonic (maybe difficult for a beginner..), bend and a lot of moving up and down the neck.

" First time I heard the music
I thought it was my own
I could feel it in my heartbeat
I could feel it in my bones
... Blame it on the love of Rock'n'Roll! "


   
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(@kirkd)
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Thanks for the suggestions. And, your avatar has MY guitar!! I just got my Ibanez before Thanksgiving. Cool!!

Please keep the ideas coming...


   
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(@dagwood)
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Check out Guitar Backing Tracks.

In the Jam Sections, there are many backing tracks, mostly "BLUES" (grand-daddy of all Rock).

http://www.guitarbt.com/index.php?page=dl_list&cat=Jam%20Tracks

Then there is the lesson section with .pdf tabs that could at least help you find the right key for the track (in case you can't tell by ear)

http://www.guitarbt.com/index.php?page=dl_list&cat=Lessons

Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing. - Wernher Von Braun (1912-1977)


   
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(@wideawake)
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I'm also a begginer and I love trying to learn my fave bands solo's so here one for you to try pretty easy, look at the video for the timing, altho i know it's slightly different the tab is the basic version which Morello basically improvs around live.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWRnbsDn61c
Solo
F C
e||-------------------------|-------------------------|
B||-------------------------|--5--8--5----------------|
G||-----5-----5-------5--7--|-----------7----5--------|
D||--7-----7-------7--------|-------------------7--5--|
A||-------------------------|-------------------------|
E||-------------------------|-------------------------|
3 1 3 1 3 1 3 1 4 1 3 1 3 1

G Am
e||-------------------------|--------------------------|
B||-------------------------|--------------------------|
G||-----5-------5-----5--7--|--5--4--------------------|
D||--7-------7-----7--------|--------5--7--------5--7--|
A||-------------------------|----------------5h7-------|
E||-------------------------|--------------------------|
3 1 3 1 3 1 3 1 1 1 3 1 3 1 3
3
F C
e||-------------------------|-----------------------|
B||-------------------------|--5h6p5----------------|
G||-----5-------5-----5--7--|---------7----5--------|
D||--7-------7-----7--------|-----------------7--5--|
A||-------------------------|-----------------------|
E||-------------------------|-----------------------|
3 1 3 1 3 1 3 1 2 1 3 1 3 1

G Am
e||-------------------------|----------------------------|
B||-------------------------|----------------------------|
G||-----5-------5-----5-----|-<12><7>---<7><12><7>-------|
D||--7-------7-----7-----7--|---------------------<5>----|
A||-------------------------|--------<5>-------------<7>-|
E||-------------------------|----------------------------|
3 1 3 1 3 1 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

F C
e||--------8----------------|-----------------------|
B||--10-------10----8----5--|--8----5---------------|
G||-------------------------|----------7----5-------|
D||-------------------------|--------------------5--|
A||-------------------------|-----------------------|
E||-------------------------|-----------------------|
3 2 3 1 1 4 1 3 1 1

G Am
e||--------8----------------|-----------------8----|
B||--10-------10----8----5--|--8----10----10-------|
G||-------------------------|----------------------|
D||-------------------------|----------------------|
A||-------------------------|----------------------|
E||-------------------------|----------------------|
3 1 3 1 1 4 4 2 1

F C
e||--12----10----8----7----|--10----8----7----5----|
B||------------------------|-----------------------|
G||------------------------|-----------------------|
D||------------------------|-----------------------|
A||------------------------|-----------------------|
E||------------------------|-----------------------|
4 2 1 1 4 2 1 1

G Am
e||--8----7----5---------|--5~---------------|
B||-----------------8----|-------------------|
G||----------------------|-------------------|
D||----------------------|-------------------|
A||----------------------|-------------------|
E||----------------------|-------------------|
4 3 1 4 1

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