Randell’s second piece for Guitar Noise delves into the nuts and bolts of creating interesting solos. He has a refreshing philosophy on the subject, and I think you’ll appreciate his quality over quantity approach. Learn why speed isn’t always your best friend and that having a melody will ultimately be more important than flying through a scale.
How to Play Guitar Solos
How do you get that improvised sound that you hear in so many great guitar solos? These lessons dealing with creating your own solos and improvising on guitar. Beginners will probably want to check out the Beginner’s Guide To Soloing series. If you’ve already spent some time on guitar scales, you’ll probably benefit from the series Turning Scales into Solos.
Here’s a thoughtful, step-by-step guide to improvisation based upon chord shapes. It’s a terrific way for the solo player to learn the fretboard.
Most solos are the result of planning. A good lead guitarist will construct a solo, giving it the same qualities of a well-written song.
Here are seven rules on soloing that help you play killer solos without having to think too much about them.
Today we’re going to look at serial compositions. Let’s see how we can take a set of numbers and derive a musical motif from it.
Scales are much more than a run of notes. Learning how they work is useful for all sorts of things, including writing your own guitar riffs.
Thematic improvisation occurs when playing becomes based on musical ideas that we pull from the head. Matt Butler explains in this first of two parts.
Improvising is basically composing on the fly. To do this you will need a fairly deep understanding of harmony and compositional techniques.