sandcrabb25
Registered User
Join date: Jun 2011
234 IQ
#1
So if i want my guitar solo to sound like the main melody of a song.. would i use the same notes in my solo just maybe a different spot on the neck? with some more or less notes to spice things up?
what notes do i land on in a solo? do i always land on the root note of the I chord or do i harmonize with the current underlying chord?
Say i have a I IV V progression... do i play only the notes in the I chord while landing on the tonic note of IV or V when they come around or say when the IV chord comes, can i play the notes in the key of the IV chord over the IV chord then play the notes in the key of the V chord over the V chord?

or are all of these options possible and it is just a matter of what i like and f*ck the rest? I'm just looking for solo/improvising tips

thanks
and let me know if i'm saying sh*t that doesn't make sense
kemingt
Barned
Join date: Dec 2010
155 IQ
#3
Quote by sandcrabb25
So if i want my guitar solo to sound like the main melody of a song.. would i use the same notes in my solo just maybe a different spot on the neck? with some more or less notes to spice things up?
what notes do i land on in a solo? do i always land on the root note of the I chord or do i harmonize with the current underlying chord?
Say i have a I IV V progression... do i play only the notes in the I chord while landing on the tonic note of IV or V when they come around or say when the IV chord comes, can i play the notes in the key of the IV chord over the IV chord then play the notes in the key of the V chord over the V chord?

or are all of these options possible and it is just a matter of what i like and f*ck the rest? I'm just looking for solo/improvising tips

thanks
and let me know if i'm saying sh*t that doesn't make sense


1. Play the same melody in a different octave (preferably higher)
2. MOAR NOTES ARE ALWAYS GOOD *provided you have good phrasing*
3. Land on chord/triad tones
4. If you know which scale the chords are arranged from and you solo in that scale, it SHOULD sound good provided you have the correct resolutions (landing on triad tones, root note, etc)
THE BEST UPGRADE FOR YOUR GUITAR IS PRACTICE
ouchies
UG's OG
Join date: Jan 2006
1,613 IQ
#5
Quote by sandcrabb25
So if i want my guitar solo to sound like the main melody of a song.. would i use the same notes in my solo just maybe a different spot on the neck? with some more or less notes to spice things up?
what notes do i land on in a solo? do i always land on the root note of the I chord or do i harmonize with the current underlying chord?
Say i have a I IV V progression... do i play only the notes in the I chord while landing on the tonic note of IV or V when they come around or say when the IV chord comes, can i play the notes in the key of the IV chord over the IV chord then play the notes in the key of the V chord over the V chord?

or are all of these options possible and it is just a matter of what i like and f*ck the rest? I'm just looking for solo/improvising tips

thanks
and let me know if i'm saying sh*t that doesn't make sense


You can play any notes of the I over the I, IV over IV and V over V. But you dont have to, really just do whatever you want. Experiment, as long as you resolve what you're doing it'll sound decent.
mdc
UG's Mr Chord Man
Join date: Feb 2008
722 IQ
#6
Listen to songs where the guitar solo is basically the melody.

Steve Lukather's work here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTSXPTaOhM4

Gary Moore's work here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xx3yXUunEq8
HotspurJr
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Join date: Jul 2011
191 IQ
#8
Quote by sandcrabb25
So if i want my guitar solo to sound like the main melody of a song.. would i use the same notes in my solo just maybe a different spot on the neck? with some more or less notes to spice things up?
what notes do i land on in a solo? do i always land on the root note of the I chord or do i harmonize with the current underlying chord?
Say i have a I IV V progression... do i play only the notes in the I chord while landing on the tonic note of IV or V when they come around or say when the IV chord comes, can i play the notes in the key of the IV chord over the IV chord then play the notes in the key of the V chord over the V chord?

or are all of these options possible and it is just a matter of what i like and f*ck the rest? I'm just looking for solo/improvising tips


The best "tip" I can give you is to develop your ear to the point where you can answer these questions yourself by listening to music that moves you, and seeing what those song do.

If you do that, you'll probably be able to compose a solo that you like.

If you want to guitar solo to sound like the melody of the song, first play the melody of the song. Then embellish it.