#1
Hey UG, Ive been playing for just over a year now, And I find myself being KO'd by solos. I only know 2 solos. The solos to "Links 2,3,4" and "Stripped" both by Rammstein. They're excruciatingly simple. And ridiculously short. Hell the one on Links 2,3,4 stays on the B string the whole time. Ive always called myself a rhythm guitarist because of my lack of solos but I wanna play lead more often so can anyone suggest me some simple solos to learn?

I play metal like Old Metallica(with some Black album and Reload thrown in there), Maiden, Sabbath, Quiet Riot, Saxon, Judas Priest, etc. So thrash and British Heavy Metal

But also newer Metal like Rammstein, Papa Roach, Trapt, and Disturbed, etc. So Industrial and Alternative Metal.

Any help will be much appreciated.
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#2
The solos from For Whom the Bell Tolls, those were the first I learned, minus some beatles ones. They're pretty simple.
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Smells like teen spirit is an easy one.
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What techniques do most of the solos from bands you listen to contain? Write up a list of them then tackle them one by one with exercises that would help you. What solos are you getting KO'd by? Are you taking on solos that are too much for you at the moment?

Perhaps you should pick a solo thats not too hard, load it onto TuxGuitar and practice it at really slow speeds like 1/4th of the speed until you can play it perfectly then go up to 1/2ths. If you struggle with the jump from 1/4ths to 1/2ths then slow it down a little more.

Don't expect to get everything in a go and when you do not play a solo successfully, it's alright, noone was great without practice.

Hope that helps and won't just bore you.
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Is Tux Guitar compatible with Macs?
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#8
You never learned the Weisses Fleisch or Heirate Mich solo? For shame!
#11
The solo to Mother by Pink Floyd isn't too hard, and it sounds amazing. I say learn that.
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#12
Expand your horizon to AC/DC, learn Highway To Hell, then Back In Black.

That little combo right there trained my fingers to move faster and from that point on solos became easier. It was for me though, not sure about you.

Surprised you play Disturbed and haven't learned one of their solos yet, Inside the fire is nothing.
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You never learned the Weisses Fleisch or Heirate Mich solo? For shame!

Haha. A fellow Rammstein fan. Weisses Fleisch has got to be one of my favorite songs. The fact that its about raping a schoolgirl puts off my friends though. Im currently looking up the tabs of the songs you guys suggested.
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Heirate Mich was my first solo ever, Weisses Fleisch was second. After that it´s just a blur though. Maybe Eagleheart by Stratovarius after that? Something cheesy was after Rammstein and think that was it.
#15
I don;t know if you are into Alice in Chains but they have some great beginner solos. Nothing to hard, but incorporates a lot of diff techniques.....alt picking, legato, slides, bends...you get it all in a bluesy rock fashion.

Facelift...there first album....would be a great start for you.
#16
whatever solo you are learning break it down into specific phrases then attack them untill you master it then move onto the next phrase.

knowing your scales helps and if you know your theory then everything is simple

learn every note on the fret board by name and sound so that when you bend a A on the 14th fret G up a whole tone you know that when you get so far with the bend you`ve sounded a B...etc.

there are standard shapes for the apreggios also but i`m not going to tab them give me £27 an hour and i would.
#17
Also, looking for ones in Drop D or Standard because I have a FR and dont want to do too much tuning work.
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The first solo from December Flower by In Flames isn´t too hard and it is loads of fun. Just play a song as if it is in standard and don´t tune your guitar.
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You can only do that if you have (at least) some basic knowledge of theory (scales, etc.). And judging by the OP, this guy probably doesn't know much theory, which would make it near impossible to solo by ear.

Anyway, some solos that are easy, but not piss easy and stupid like "Smells Like Teen Spirit" are...

AC/DC- Highway to Hell, Thunderstruck, and Hells Bells (which is probably my favorite).
Metallica- Enter Sandman, first 2 in Fade to black and One, and The Unforgiven.

Those are just a few fun ones. Some of them might have a harder section in it, that will require a little more practice. But if you work at it, there's no reason why you shouldn't be able to get the hang of it. Also, you don't NEED a metronome, but it sure does help.
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#21
the first solo in The Trooper by Iron Maiden is not too hard, its a bit quick with some trills, but nothing very difficult.
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#23
the first part of the four horsemen and the last solo. it takes some practice but its all just different sections put together so its easy. another thing i do is look at the tab then make up your own stuff thats close and the better you get and more you practice add more. when you get that one look at whole lotta love by zeppelin, sounds complicated but not so much.
#24
Anybody know of any free software that will allow me to slow down a song?
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Anybody know of any free software that will allow me to slow down a song?

http://www.freewebs.com/musicman1066/howilearnsongs.htm

Sorry for leading you to that kid's site, but a download link is there for a program that should suit your needs.
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#28
My first solo and complete song was Welcome to the Jungle. Smells like teen spirit was the easiest song i ever learned... it took less than 15 minutes to learn the complete song. Try some Nirvana stuff. It's pretty simple
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#29
If you don't have a metronome, split your practice time for that song between playing with the music and playing by yourself, that way you learn the song with the actual tempo, and then when you're playing alone you can hear all the dynamics of your playing and make every nuance perfect.

And yeah, my soloing sucks for the most part, too. Just break everything down and keep at it, the worst that come of practicing is getting better, so it cant hurt, right?
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Masters Apprentice - Opeth

Easy, sounds great, B Minor
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#32
the first solo i learned was the smells like teen spirit solo

then i learned the master of puppets solo
#33
The solo in Living After Midnight is pretty easy. Its my first solo. Plus the song is fun to play along to.
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