Guitar Solo Tips

By | April 7, 2021

Blues Scale

Introduce blues scales in your soles. These types of scales, both small and large, make up a large proportion of all rock soles. Use the smaller pentatonic scale, which is a simplified version of a natural smaller scale to solo over basic blues rhythms. These rhythms contain the I, IV and IV chords of the key you record. For example, in the G key, the chords would be G, C and D. To learn these scales and chord changes, you will be able to improvise under improvised jams and write interesting, classic solos for your compositions.

Shredding Solo

Add melodic tension to a song by adding a fast, technically driven extended solo. Arpeggios and scales played with double-picking style can add drama and suspense to the song by using the dissonance from notes to add suspense and drop in the middle of the song. Arpeggios are built of chords, but individual notes are played rather than the whole chord being played at once. Yngwie Malmsteen is known for her use of arpeggios in songs such as ‘I’m a Viking’ and ‘Evil Eye.’ Each Yngwie Malmsteen CD has examples of classic demolition technology.

By playing a fast solo in a slower song, you can reveal your technique as well as your writing skills. Whether their solos are improvised or written, many guitarists such as Kerry King from Slayer and Dimebag Darrell from Pantera have been very successful in creating mood changes in song through fast and unique solos. On the Panther song ‘Cemetery Gates’ you can hear Dimebag’s use of the pentatonic scale which is played quickly and with unique style.

Melodic solo

Use a melodic solo in your song. Rock guitarists are often solo with smaller scales including the harmonic minor, which is essentially similar to a natural smaller scale, but the 7th note is a natural note instead of flat. You can use any of the different modes including Aeolian, Mixolydian and Dorian within a key signature to play a solo including one that is slow with melody. These modes have different start notes, but contain the same notes as the key signature, the result is a good sound, as all notes fit into the song melodically.

Add a song to a solo that uses the exact notes from the melodic intro. By taking back a melody line from earlier in the song, you create an extra hook that makes the song more enthusiastic. Since most average listeners are not musically inclined, they can enjoy a rendition of a melody rather than a flaming, technical solo. Whether you are a beginner or a professional guitarist on tour, various solo techniques give you opportunities to show your abilities in songs. By learning a couple of versatile scales and how to place them in songs, you can create amazing solos that will stay in the listener’s minds.