Beginning Rock And Blues Soloing

author: Unregistered date: 02/10/2005 category: soloing
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I'll cut to the chase here and keep it simple. Now lets say your listening to a basic consistant rock chord pattern, such as A-C-G-E. We can choose pretty much any chord in this, but lets just go with A. Now look down and your guitar and find this note.
E|-------------------------|
B|-------------------------|
G|-------------------------|
D|-------------------------|
A|-------------------------|
E|--5---5---5---5---5---5--|
That note right there is your base note in A. The name of this note? A of course. When I first started soloing, I took the root note of a chord progression (in this case A, C, G or E) and I mapped out where I could go on this particular scale. From your root note of A, you can hit any of these notes:
E|--------------------------------------5--8--|
B|-------------------------------5--8---------|
G|------------------------5--7----------------|
D|-----------------5--7-----------------------|
A|------3--5--7-------------------------------|
E|--5-----------------------------------------|
The beauty of a solo is that you can start improvising from any note on this scale. You can listen to your A-C-G-E chord pattern and play any of these notes to it and make it fit. But my advice is to stay consistant and take a path with your notes like this:
E|---------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------|
G|--7b9--7--5------------------5------5--7--7b9--5---------|
D|----------------7-------5h-7-----7--------------------7--|
A|---------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------|
(in case you are a beginner to tabbing "/" is a slide "h" is a hammer on, and "p" is a pull off. "b" means bend so if I put 7b9, it means you bend the 7th fret note up till it sounds like the 9th fret note). Notice how every note tabbed there fits in the scale I mentioned above. from here you can just play around until you get that scale in your head. the coolest part? the scale is the same for every basic note! Heres a few examples:
C pattern: 
E|----------------------------------------------8--11--|
B|-------------------------------------8--11-----------|
G|---------------------------8--10---------------------|
D|------------------8--10------------------------------|
B|------6--8--10---------------------------------------|
E|--8--------------------------------------------------|

G pattern: 
E|----------------------------------------------3---6--|
B|-------------------------------------3---6-----------|
G|----------------------------3---5--------------------|
D|-------------------3---5-----------------------------|
B|------1---3---5--------------------------------------|
E|--3--------------------------------------------------|

E pattern: 
E|--------------------------------------------------------12--15--|
B|----------------------------------------------12--15------------|
G|------------------------------------12--14----------------------|
D|-------------------------12--14---------------------------------|
B|--------10---12--14---------------------------------------------|
E|--12------------------------------------------------------------|

D pattern: 
E|----------------------------------------------------10--13--|
B|------------------------------------------10--13------------|
G|-------------------------------10--12-----------------------|
D|---------------------10--12---------------------------------|
B|-------8--10--12--------------------------------------------|
E|--10--------------------------------------------------------|
Theres a pattern each time, so once you get the pattern down, the only trouble you may have is finding the root note on the E string.. which only takes about a week of practice to get over. Remember, you can hit any note on the pattern, just make sure you're playing the A scale to an A song. For now keep it simple, and let me refer you some songs to practice with: Green Day - Time Of Your Life (in G) Lynard Skynard - Sweet Home Alabama (in G) Stevie Ray Vaughn - Pride And Joy (in E) Don't be afraid to play around with some bends, vibratos, slides, hammer-ons, and pull offs. And secondly, play it with heart, no matter if it sounds bad or not. they dont call it the blues for nothing. I'll be back with another blues soloing lesson when I'm not so lazy.
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