#1
hey i am 13 years old and just started playing about 2 months ago, i have a band and i dont know how to make a solo. i know pentagonic scales have something to do with it but i dont really understand it.
#2
what you need to understand is that music is much simpler than scales. ALL famous musicians do insane amounts of drugs. The only way to get good is not to play and just drop acid all day. It worked for shredder Kurt Cobain and it can work for you.


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what you need to understand is that music is much simpler than scales. ALL famous musicians do insane amounts of drugs. The only way to get good is not to play and just drop acid all day. It worked for shredder Kurt Cobain and it can work for you.


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#5
Allow me to explain the best I can. (It's Pentatonic by the way ^_^)

You play within the scale, you don't play the scale it's self. Pentatonic scales are usually played within the key of A (5th fret If I'm not mistaken.)

e---------------------------------------------------------5----8-------
B-------------------------------------------5---8-------------------------
G------------------------------5-7----------------------------------------
D-----------------5-7--------------------------------------------------
A----------5-7---------------------------------------------------------
E--5-8-----------------------------------------------------------------

Try playing some notes within that, add some bends, hammers, and pulls and see what you can come up with. Good luck!
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#6
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A would be 5th. And he should be playing in the key of the song.
#7
Basically, your song is going to be in a certain key. You have to play the solo in the same key in order for it to sound good. You should learn the major, minor, and pentatonic scales, and learn how to apply them to your song. You should have no problem finding information on here about scales and building solos. Just look around a bit.
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Easy now, what if he's trying to play a Kerry King solo?
#10
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Easy now, what if he's trying to play a Kerry King solo?


That's even less likely considering that Kerry King doesn't know what a key is.
#11
Figure out what the key of the song is in, and use the Pentatonic scale to improvise.

Also, I should mention thatthe pentatonic scale consists of more than just that box shape. it's all over the fretboard as long as you play the five notes that the scale contains.

It also helps to learn some solos from your favorite songs.
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#12
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That's even less likely considering that Kerry King doesn't know what a key is.

I don't know of any Slayer songs in A so that's a safe key to use if you're trying to sound like King.
#13
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Pentatonic scales are usually played within the key of A if the song is in the key of A. Alternatively, if it's not in A a different pentatonic scale might be used.

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Figure out what the key of the song is in, and use the Pentatonic scale to improvise.

Also, I should mention thatthe pentatonic scale consists of more than just that box shape. it's all over the fretboard as long as you play the five notes that the scale contains.

It also helps to learn some solos from your favorite songs.

This.

When it comes to getting good at soloing, practice is key. Gets some backing tracks in the key of whatever scale you are learning. And don't forget that you can use bends and slides to make your solos sound more interesting.
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#15
What really helped me when I was starting is playing a song on the stereo and then noodling on the pentatonic scale along to it.
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That's even less likely considering that Kerry King doesn't know what a key is.

Despite the fact that I love Slayer, I can't agree more.
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