Learning The Art Of Soloing

author: Ben Downes date: 05/16/2007 category: scales
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The only thing you really need to know about soloing is that if you know your scales you compose a solo to just about anything if you wanted to. So here are the scales starting from fret 1 and ending at the 12th fret. Ascending & Descending and I'll show what fingers to use for different notes as well Guitar Legend * = palm mute h = hammer on p = pull off r = release b = bend / = slide up \ = slide down + = harmonic {+} = artificial harmonic i = index finger m = middle = finger r = ring finger p = pinky finger
Fret 1
e|---------------------1-4-4-1---------------------|
B|-----------------1-4---------4-1-----------------|
G|-------------1-3-----------------3-1-------------|
D|---------1-3-------------------------3-1---------|
A|-----1-3---------------------------------3-1-----|
E|-1-4-----------------------------------------4-1-|
So here's how you play the scale above. Finger formation
e|---------------------i-p-p-i---------------------|
B|-----------------i-p---------p-i-----------------|
G|-------------i-r-----------------r-i-------------|
D|---------i-r-------------------------r-i---------|
A|-----i-r---------------------------------r-i-----|
E|-i-p-----------------------------------------p-i-|

e|---------------------2-5-5-2---------------------|
B|-----------------2-5---------5-2-----------------|
G|-------------2-4-----------------4-2-------------|
D|---------2-4-------------------------4-2---------|
A|-----2-4---------------------------------4-2-----|
E|-2-5-----------------------------------------5-2-|

e|---------------------i-p-p-i---------------------|
B|-----------------i-p---------p-i-----------------|
G|-------------i-r-----------------r-i-------------|
D|---------i-r-------------------------r-i---------|
A|-----i-r---------------------------------r-i-----|
E|-i-p-----------------------------------------p-i-|

e|---------------------3-6-6-3---------------------|
B|-----------------3-6---------6-3-----------------|
G|-------------3-5-----------------5-3-------------|
D|---------3-5-------------------------5-3---------|
A|-----3-5---------------------------------5-3-----|
E|-3-6-----------------------------------------6-3-|

e|---------------------i-p-p-i---------------------|
B|-----------------i-p---------p-i-----------------|
G|-------------i-r-----------------r-i-------------|
D|---------i-r-------------------------r-i---------|
A|-----i-r---------------------------------r-i-----|
E|-i-p-----------------------------------------p-i-|

e|---------------------4-7-7-4---------------------|
B|-----------------4-7---------7-4-----------------|
G|-------------4-6-----------------6-3-------------|
D|---------4-6-------------------------6-4---------|
A|-----4-6---------------------------------6-4-----|
E|-4-7-----------------------------------------7-4-|

e|---------------------i-p-p-i---------------------|
B|-----------------i-p---------p-i-----------------|
G|-------------i-r-----------------r-i-------------|
D|---------i-r-------------------------r-i---------|
A|-----i-r---------------------------------r-i-----|
E|-i-p-----------------------------------------p-i-|

e|---------------------5-8-8-5---------------------|
B|-----------------5-8---------8-5-----------------|
G|-------------5-7-----------------7-5-------------|
D|---------5-7-------------------------7-5---------|
A|-----5-7---------------------------------7-5-----|
E|-5-8-----------------------------------------8-5-|

e|---------------------i-p-p-i---------------------|
B|-----------------i-p---------p-i-----------------|
G|-------------i-r-----------------r-i-------------|
D|---------i-r-------------------------r-i---------|
A|-----i-r---------------------------------r-i-----|
E|-i-p-----------------------------------------p-i-|

e|---------------------6-9-9-6---------------------|
B|-----------------6-9---------9-6-----------------|
G|-------------6-8-----------------8-6-------------|
D|---------6-8-------------------------8-6---------|
A|-----6-8---------------------------------8-6-----|
E|-6-9-----------------------------------------9-6-|

e|---------------------i-p-p-i---------------------|
B|-----------------i-p---------p-i-----------------|
G|-------------i-r-----------------r-i-------------|
D|---------i-r-------------------------r-i---------|
A|-----i-r---------------------------------r-i-----|
E|-i-p-----------------------------------------p-i-|


e|-----------------------7-10-10-7-----------------------|
B|------------------7-10-----------10-7------------------|
G|--------------7-9---------------------9-7--------------|
D|----------7-9-----------------------------9-7----------|
A|------7-9-------------------------------------9-7------|
E|-7-10---------------------------------------------10-7-|

e|---------------------i-p-p-i---------------------|
B|-----------------i-p---------p-i-----------------|
G|-------------i-r-----------------r-i-------------|
D|---------i-r-------------------------r-i---------|
A|-----i-r---------------------------------r-i-----|
E|-i-p-----------------------------------------p-i-|

e|---------------------------8-11-11-8--------------------------|
B|----------------------8-11-----------11-8---------------------|
G|----------------8-10----------------------10-8----------------|
D|-----------8-10--------------------------------10-8-----------|
A|------8-10------------------------------------------10-8------|
E|-8-11----------------------------------------------------11-8-|

e|---------------------i-p-p-i---------------------|
B|-----------------i-p---------p-i-----------------|
G|-------------i-r-----------------r-i-------------|
D|---------i-r-------------------------r-i---------|
A|-----i-r---------------------------------r-i-----|
E|-i-p-----------------------------------------p-i-|

e|--------------------------9-12-12-9---------------------------|
B|---------------------9-12-----------12-9----------------------|
G|----------------9-11---------------------11-9-----------------|
D|-----------9-11-------------------------------11--9-----------|
A|------9-11------------------------------------------11-9------|
E|-9-12----------------------------------------------------12-9-|

e|---------------------i-p-p-i---------------------|
B|-----------------i-p---------p-i-----------------|
G|-------------i-r-----------------r-i-------------|
D|---------i-r-------------------------r-i---------|
A|-----i-r---------------------------------r-i-----|
E|-i-p-----------------------------------------p-i-|

e|-------------------------------10-13-13-10-------------------------------|
B|-------------------------10-13-------------13-10-------------------------|
G|-------------------10-12-------------------------12-10-------------------|
D|-------------10-12-------------------------------------12-10-------------|
A|-------10-12-------------------------------------------------12-10-------|
E|-10-13-------------------------------------------------------------13-10-|

e|---------------------i-p-p-i---------------------|
B|-----------------i-p---------p-i-----------------|
G|-------------i-r-----------------r-i-------------|
D|---------i-r-------------------------r-i---------|
A|-----i-r---------------------------------r-i-----|
E|-i-p-----------------------------------------p-i-|

e|-------------------------------11-14-14-11-------------------------------|
B|-------------------------11-14-------------14-11-------------------------|
G|-------------------11-13-------------------------13-11-------------------|
D|-------------11-13-------------------------------------13-11-------------|
A|-------11-13-------------------------------------------------13-11-------|
E|-11-14-------------------------------------------------------------14-11-|


e|---------------------i-p-p-i---------------------|
B|-----------------i-p---------p-i-----------------|
G|-------------i-r-----------------r-i-------------|
D|---------i-r-------------------------r-i---------|
A|-----i-r---------------------------------r-i-----|
E|-i-p-----------------------------------------p-i-|

e|-------------------------------12-15-15-12-------------------------------|
B|-------------------------12-15-------------15-12-------------------------|
G|-------------------12-14-------------------------14-12-------------------|
D|-------------12-14-------------------------------------14-12-------------|
A|-------12-14-------------------------------------------------14-12-------|
E|-12-15-------------------------------------------------------------15-12-|

finger formation
e|---------------------i-p---------------------|
B|-----------------i-p-----p-i-----------------|
G|-------------i-r-------------r-i-------------|
D|---------i-r---------------------r-i---------|
A|-----i-r-----------------------------r-i-----|
E|-i-p-------------------------------------p-i-|
Now there are other scales to which require you to use the same 4 fingers. Just in different ways and I'm going to show how to do this but this time I'm only going to do up the firt 3 frets.
e|-----------------------------2-3-5-5-3-2-----------------------------|
B|-----------------------2-3-5-------------5-3-2-----------------------|
G|-----------------1-2-4-------------------------4-2-1-----------------|
D|-------------2-4-------------------------------------4-2-------------|
A|-------2-4-5---------------------------------------------5-4-2-------|
E|-2-4-5---------------------------------------------------------5-4-2-|

finger formation
e|-----------------------------i-m-p-p-m-i-----------------------------|
B|-----------------------i-m-p-------------p-m-i-----------------------|
G|-----------------i-m-p-------------------------p-m-i-----------------|
D|-------------i-r-------------------------------------r-i-------------|
A|-------i-r-p---------------------------------------------p-r-i-------|
E|-i-r-p---------------------------------------------------------p-r-i-|

e|-----------------------------3-4-6-6-4-3-----------------------------|
B|-----------------------3-4-6-------------6-4-3-----------------------|
G|-----------------2-3-5-------------------------5-3-2-----------------|
D|-------------3-5-------------------------------------5-3-------------|
A|-------3-5-6---------------------------------------------6-5-3-------|
E|-3-5-6---------------------------------------------------------6-5-3-|

finger formation
e|-----------------------------i-m-p-p-m-i-----------------------------|
B|-----------------------i-m-p-------------p-m-i-----------------------|
G|-----------------i-m-p-------------------------p-m-i-----------------|
D|-------------i-r-------------------------------------r-i-------------|
A|-------i-r-p---------------------------------------------p-r-i-------|
E|-i-r-p---------------------------------------------------------p-r-i-|

e|-----------------------------4-5-7-7-5-4-----------------------------|
B|-----------------------4-5-7-------------7-5-4-----------------------|
G|-----------------3-4-6-------------------------6-4-3-----------------|
D|-------------4-6-------------------------------------6-4-------------|
A|-------4-6-7---------------------------------------------7-6-4-------|
E|-4-6-7---------------------------------------------------------7-6-4-|

finger formation
e|-----------------------------i-m-p-p-m-i-----------------------------|
B|-----------------------i-m-p-------------p-m-i-----------------------|
G|-----------------i-m-p-------------------------p-m-i-----------------|
D|-------------i-r-------------------------------------r-i-------------|
A|-------i-r-p---------------------------------------------p-r-i-------|
E|-i-r-p---------------------------------------------------------p-r-i-|
And I've only just got enough time to show you how to solo with these two kids of scales and I'm only going to do one example of a solo for both kinds of scales because of the time that I just don't got ok.
Solo 1 (scale Kind 1) (play both parts of this solo twice)
e|----------------------------|---------8-5---5----------|
B|----------------------------|-------------8----8-5--8b-|
G|----------------------------|-----5-7---------------8b-|
D|---------5---------------7b-|-5-7----------------------|
A|-----5-7---7-5-7--5-7-5--7b-|--------------------------|
E|-5-8------------------------|--------------------------|

Solo 2 (scale kind 2)
e|------------------------------------------------------|
B|-6b-6b-4~----4h6-6p4\3-3h4p3--------------------------|
G|-----------------------------5~----3-5p3-5/7-7\5-3-5~-|
D|------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------|

e|----------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------|
G|-3-5p3-5/7-7\5-3-5~----3-5p3---3------------3-------|
D|-----------------------------5----53-5~-535---53-5~-|
A|----------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------|
                               * *  **    *** * ** 

e|-------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------|
D|-5p3-5h6-5p3---5p3-5h6-5p3-----------------------------|
A|-------------6-------------6~----5/8--6--6\5-5/6\5r3---|
E|-----------------------------------------------------6-|
Hope you enjoy and good luck I hope you really get something out of this lesson and I honestly mean that.
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