#1
I've noticed lately that I can really easily think of some cool sounding solos. Like, I'll be playing a chord song, and on a pause I'll get a riff, fill, or solo in my head that would fit perfectly in the song.

But after that, I can never figure out how to play what I'm hearing in my mind. I know that this will come with practice, but anyone else who has this problem, share your pain.

And if anyone had this problem and got past it, how'd you do it? I'd love to get some pointers.
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#2
Just record yourself playing notes slowly if you can and then try to identify them when playing it back. Otherwise, get someone to play the note when you're not looking and try to identify it. It took me some time before I was able to do it any good.

EDIT: Also, don't use tabs, learn stuff by ear. It helped me an insane amount when I decided that the method I listed above wasn't going to get me there in 2 weeks.
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Thanks!

Anyone else? This has really been driving me crazy that I can't do it.
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I find it useful to have a tape recorder or something near by. Then I can record the chord progression and then play over it, or just record yourself humming the riff/solo and then try to tab it out.
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I've noticed lately that I can really easily think of some cool sounding solos. Like, I'll be playing a chord song, and on a pause I'll get a riff, fill, or solo in my head that would fit perfectly in the song.

But after that, I can never figure out how to play what I'm hearing in my mind. I know that this will come with practice, but anyone else who has this problem, share your pain.

And if anyone had this problem and got past it, how'd you do it? I'd love to get some pointers.

That's just it, practice - it takes time to get good at matching up the sounds in your head to the sounds that come from the guitar.

Learning some basic theory would help immensely too - if you improve your understanding of the structure of music and how it works then you'll be better equipped to recognise the patterns in what you hear in your head.

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