#1
Alot of what I play always has a dark sound to it. I want to be able to play "happy sounding stuff too. So I found this vid on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPNQC5_e6LU&feature=channel_page (I was originally looking for Boss DD-7 demos) and it sounds awsome (wait until the lead starts at about the midway point). I was wondering how to do that kinda stuff, so what are some really nice sounding notes to play (ie, a e (3rd) over a c major chord). Or if any of you with good ears out there could tell me specifically some of those sweet sounding notes he resolves to thatd be awsome. I hope this makes sense lol thanks guys!
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#2
Major progressions with major scales and an upbeat tempo with poppy staccato phrasing
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#3
Thanks, what is 'poppy staccato phrasing' exactly?
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#4
Quote by MOOSE_CCR99
Thanks, what is 'poppy staccato phrasing' exactly?
Short, sudden, lively, punchy, upbeat

Unlike a solemn bluesy solo which is legato: slow, laid back, down-beat.

Remember, phrasing>note choice
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#5
Ahh, ok thanks!
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#6
check albert kings "pretty woman"...a nice simple solo with a smile...
#7
Quote by wolflen
check albert kings "pretty woman"...a nice simple solo with a smile...

Thanks for the feedback but thats really not the type of playing Im after. I love the blues and thats mostly what I play but I want to explore different types of playing. The video I have linked is a perfect example of what I mean.
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#8
Quote by MOOSE_CCR99
Thanks for the feedback but thats really not the type of playing Im after. I love the blues and thats mostly what I play but I want to explore different types of playing. The video I have linked is a perfect example of what I mean.


The video you posted is a guy playing blues/pentatonic licks over a major progression. with some added notes from major scale.

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#9
Thanks, I didnt pick up on the blues/pent licks. I guess its not always what you play but how you play it eh?
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#10
Quote by MOOSE_CCR99
Thanks, I didnt pick up on the blues/pent licks. I guess its not always what you play but how you play it eh?


Actually it's always how you play it and not what u play.

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#11
well now i feel dumb
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#12
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well now i feel dumb


No don't, there's nothing dumb about it.

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#13
Most of that was just straight up pentatonic stuff. That's really all you need for a "happy" solo. That's always been my approach. Just don't do what that guy did there. There's a place for cramming as many notes in on one beat as possible, and you could do it on something like what he was playing over, but you've gotta build into it. It can be very dramatic to come out swinging, just playing straight 16th notes or whatever (Welcome Home (Sanitarium) by Metallica is a great example), but you don't want a solo to just never end. You want to stop on interesting notes, and just let those grab your listener. It doesn't help to hit every interesting note in a scale 6 times if you only play it for a quarter of a second. Be sure you've got some form of restraint, which I think everyone goes through a phase where they're got absolutely no restraint.
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#14
Ok thanks guys, thats really good advice. So what I should do is find those interesting notes and work out how they feel over certain chords. Im getting a digital recorder for xmas and thats one of the big reasons I wanted one, to make backing tracks and record improv to see what sounds good, because (for me anyways) things always sound different to me when Im playing compared to when I play something back.
btw, im go in and out of that phase, I show restraint and hold on notes that perhaps I shouldnt lol Oh well, live and learn.
My Gear:

Fender Aerodyne Stratocaster
NOS Tweed Fender Blues Jr
Boss BD-2
Boss CE-5
Boss CS-3
Dunlop Slash Crybaby
Korg DT-10
Boss BR-600
MXR Script Phase 90
MXR DD-7 Analog Delay

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Last edited by MOOSE_CCR99 at Dec 22, 2008,