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Old 11-21-2012, 07:55 PM   #1
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Advice on writing metal solos

Can you tell i was originally a bassist? you will in a minute

Im writing a solo for a song iv wrote and looking for advice on what scales to make use of cos im terrible at matching scales to chord progressions etc

The chord sequence is F# A# D# D#
F# A# C# F G#

Theory isnt my strong point iv always just kidna "picked up and played" so sorry if this seem nooblike to everyone

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Old 11-21-2012, 08:14 PM   #2
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Find the melodic minor scales for those notes then shred them as fast as you can. You should be good.

Then again, I'm a self-taught rhythm guitarist who just figured out to finger tap, so you might want to listen to someone else.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:16 PM   #3
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1. This belongs in Musician Talk, not GT.
2. Learn theory.
3. Assuming that all of those are major chords, I can't think of a scale that would fit perfectly except the chromatic scale. I guess the closest would be D# major. Of course you could always just play modally and outline the chords going by that way, but I'd save that for when you know more theory.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:54 PM   #4
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The absolute most important thing you can possibly do is just shut up and listen. Really listen to what's going on in the backing. Next stage: think. You have got to think about the sounds you want to make, sing a lead part, think one up, whatever it is but for the love of god don't try and play it until you've got a good sounding one away from the guitar.

Once you have an idea of the sounds you actually want to make, then going to the guitar and playing something is the easiest thing in the world. Actually no, it's hard to get that last step but going back to what Junior said and really learning theory and its application on the guitar is the key. Once you know a decent amount of theory the last step of the process becomes an elementary thing.

The absolute most important thing, though, is the thinking and listening part. It's what so many people miss and it's why you end up with solos that are poorly phrased and make no sense against the backing.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:00 PM   #5
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The absolute most important thing you can possibly do is just shut up and listen. Really listen to what's going on in the backing. Next stage: think. You have got to think about the sounds you want to make, sing a lead part, think one up, whatever it is but for the love of god don't try and play it until you've got a good sounding one away from the guitar.

Once you have an idea of the sounds you actually want to make, then going to the guitar and playing something is the easiest thing in the world. Actually no, it's hard to get that last step but going back to what Junior said and really learning theory and its application on the guitar is the key. Once you know a decent amount of theory the last step of the process becomes an elementary thing.

The absolute most important thing, though, is the thinking and listening part. It's what so many people miss and it's why you end up with solos that are poorly phrased and make no sense against the backing.


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Old 11-22-2012, 11:17 AM   #6
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+1
good advice


Agree.
Man you hit it the nail and drove that sucker in the ground.. He's so right.. Listen to the backing and create a melody without the guitar..

Everyone here knows so much.. Damn you can really learn a lot here.
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