Guitar Soloing - A Concept For Begginers

author: UG Team date: 01/20/2004 category: soloing
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As I learned, every guitarrist passes through a phase of accomplishment. A phase where we are confused about our soloing. Soloing is more than just a couple of scales, and patterns. Soloing is just like paintings, as well you can also make the guitar talk, you can make her cry, and make everyone around cry. I play the guitar, 'cause it's a way of expressing my feelings, my thoughts, my anger, my entire being. But as the begginer I am, the truth is that I don't know everything about a guitar. I believe that art doesn't come only from techniques and gear. I believe that art doesn't exist without that spark called: creativity. I don't think I need to learn all about musical theory so I can play a guitar, I really don't. The concept of a great guitarrist for most people is Ynguie Malmsteem. I also believe he is great, but not an example to follow. Hendrix was awesome too, but I also think I wouldn't like to be exactly like him. I think that we have too much techniques, but we are really poor talking about creativity, feeling, and personality. There are too many fast guitarrist in this world, tons of people who can play Van Halen's Eruption solo, I know a couple of persons who can play Malmsteem stuff too. I can't. But, why do we need people who can play everyone's stuff??? We need musicians, we need innovators. Not CD players. Do you think you must know all the modal scales??? All the modal scales in every key?? Memorize them?? It's not essential but it is really useful. You must not learn all of them, but you should have a clear concept about them, I mean, at least you should know they exist and know they might be useful sometime. The main concept of this lesson is that: nobody, I mean nobody in this world is going to give you what god didn't: creativity. John Lennon didn't have to be a full speed guitarrist to turn the world upside down. He was only a great composer. I'll give you a couple of examples of great minds: David Gilmour (from Pink Floyd), Carlos Santana (from Santana), Eric Clapton, Silvio Rodriguez (You might not have heard of him, he's Cuban). Can you imagine what can you do with just one Scale??? I am going to give you an example, the Harmonic Minor Scale and the Pentatonic minor, both are awesome and unique scales. Gary Moore used the Harmonic minor scale for blues sound, in the song 'I still got the Blues', Carlos Santana gave it a "latino" sound at 'Maria Maria', Walter Giardino used it as a barroc sound at 'Preludio Obsesivo'. The unforgetable solo on 'Confortably Numb' by David Gilmour was only a B pentatonic Minor, and he used a D pentatonic minor for 'Another Brick in The Wall part II'... Clapton was called god in London. I mean, there are awesome minds, which only need 5 notes in order to make a great solo, just like Hendrix, or Stevie Ray Vaughan. It's not about the scale. It's about the feeling you give to it. If you don't improve your soloing with a bend, a puff-off, etc.. your solo may still sound like a scale. So what can you do in order to play a good solo?? First of all, you must know the key of the song.. in order to do sound okay. Mostly the key of a song is the first note you start playing on it. Example, you have this combination of chords: ' E- G A E- ' Easy right? Then the key of the melody would be the E-. Now that you know the solo key, the sound of the solo will depend on the scale you use for playing it. Probably Malmsteem would chose an E harmonic minor scale.. maybe Vaughan would chose an E pentatonic Minor. It depends on you now. I really don't belive you must know everything about modal theory, but you should try to learn some of it. To play a good guitar solo: - Be inspired, and be creative enough to make such a sublime thing. - Know the key of the song. - Be sure about the sound you want to get, I mean, rock, metal, etc, etc. - Chose the scale for it. (Pentatonic, Aeloian, Harmonic Minor, Major, Minor.. etc) - Play it. Note: If you would learn theory, you would know about mixing modes, etc.. but the only thing I know is that you can mix scales, that's easy, you can turn the melody of the solo, by changing the scale, but not the key.. I know that there are key changes while soloing, like they do in jazz, but how?? I don't really know. Examples: A piece of 'Confortably Numb' Solo. (David Gilmour) Key: B(-) Scale: Pentatonic Minor. Check out how you can use the first pentatonic minor pattern... that's all about.. creativity.
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A piece of 'Young Loust' Solo. (David Gilmour) Key: E(-) Scale: Pentatonic Minor As I said before: Creativity.
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Don't worry if you aren't the fastest guitarrist on the world, David wasn't too but he was a piece of the key, that moved a whole generation (Pink Floyd), and he had what others didn't: Creativity. You see?? You only need 5 notes, to make immortal solos, like last ones. You can also see immortal intros, which were made with only one note.. like this one, I bet you have heard it.
     D  C 
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     G                           D 
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|:-12----14-12----14----14-:|:-------14-12----14----14-:| 
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It's the intro of Guns N' Roses' 'Sweet Child O' mine' It was made over a D major chord. Easy to play, but I bet no one of you would come out with something as great as this. Harmonic Minor isn't only used by Malmsteem or Tolkki, Santana used it on 'Maria Maria' A piece of 'Maria Maria' by Carlos Santana on an A Harmonic Minor (chorus).
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