Guitar Solo Tricks

Guitar soloing is an art that requires musical education and a lot of practice. Even the best lead guitarists achieved their skills by playing a lot of "runs" up and down the neck of the guitar. Learning simple musical scales and the notes that fit scales can accelerate your skills to a professional or advanced level. There are many different scales in music but it is not necessary to learn all of them. Major and Pentatonic scales are popular with pop, rock, folk, country, jazz, r&b and blues songs.

Learn scales and notes from music books with diagrams or tabs. It is not necessary to know how to read musical notation, but it helps. Guitar tabs have become popular, especially with beginning guitarists, in recent years. Instead of five lines depicting traditional musical notation, tab features six lines, each representing the six guitar strings. The numbers on the lines represent the fret number for finger placement. The easier reference is a diagram that maps out the notes and the order they are played in a scale. The pentatonic scale is divided into minor pentatonic, major pentatonic and blues pentatonic. The 5th, 8th, 10th, 12th and 15th frets are important positions for these scales.

Practice various guitar techniques until they become second nature. Flavor is added to songs by using slide, hammer on, pull off, bending, vibrato, muting and several other tricks. Slide helps create the impression of movement by sliding a finger up or down the string before landing on a note. Hammer on creates a funk effect by fingering a note on the fret after the string has been played. Pull off is pulling a finger off the fret after a string has been played. Bending is created by pushing the string with the finger in order to change from one note to another (or waver between notes). Vibrato can sustain a note by bending the string up and down with your finger on the fret after playing the string. Muting, which is heard in pulsating rock rhythms, involves resting the palm of the playing hand on the strings while playing.

Build a solo by playing notes that fit the chord progression. Keep notes within the scale of the chord but discard the notes that don't fit the material, using your own artistic judgement. Experiment with notes outside the scale since there is no rule you must stay locked in a particular scale. Use scales as roadmaps for finding appropriate notes in general. Hum melodies that fit the chord progression and then go back and learn the notes on guitar. Try to develop a sense of relaxed confidence while playing by applying feel and exploration to your musical knowledge of notes and scales.

Approved by Jesse Anderson