#1
OK guys please help me out here, i'm new in this thing of soloing:

how do you know or what determine what scale to use when composing or improvising a solo for example, you came up with a riff, how do you know what scale would work when you play a it over the riff?

Sorry for the spelling, my english is really bad if you have problem undestanding the question please let me know and i will try to make it as clear as i can.
#2
the solo and riff should just be in the same key...
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#4
I dont think he means by key. I think he is referring to a scale in a certain key. Like, the Pentatonic, Major, Minor, Blues. One of those. I have the same question.
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#6
ok i'm getting it so if i came up with a riff like this

you could use a ''E'' pentatonic or and ''E'' maj/min.


e ------------------------------------------------------
b ------------------------------------------------------
g ------------------------------------------------------
d ------------------------------------------------------
a --2-----------5-----------4----------5-4-----------
e --0---0-0-0-3---0-0-0-2---0-0-0-3-2-----------


(jus made up the riff as a example)
#7
Record the riff a few hundred times (lol), and then practice playing different scales over it and see which one fits best.
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#8
first look at all the notes your using in your riff.

E-B-G-D-F#-C#

put them in order

E-F#-G-B-C#-D

E dorian = E-F#-G-A-B-C#-D would work or

Emin pent(if u wanna be simple) = E-G-A-B-D-E

this is all i can write now if u dont get it. i'll write a more detailed explanation later. i dont have my guitar here at the moment.

you could use a ''E'' pentatonic or and ''E'' maj/min.


if the song\riff is in a minor key the minor pent will work. if in a maj key, the maj pent will work. using E maj scale over a Emin riff will suck big time.

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#9
ok now i get it.......... another quick question just answer yes or no, the fact that my lowest note is a "E'' does make any difference in what scale to use?
#12
look at the chords.

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#13
i had this problem before to..i still have it now because i dont practice it much..but i saw a lesson on this site about that..

heres what i understand from the lessons...

all these diff scales blues,pentatonic, etc can be played in the positon you learn them in..ex the scale that has the notes A B C D E F G ( not sure the name) but yah thats the one..you can play this in a diff key to fit your sont by moving the patern over to another staring point..like moving everything up one fret..same scale but in a diff key to fit your song..

sorry if its hard to understand..im still working on it myself..lol...
the whole thing is based on peterns like 1 2 1 1 2 or something like that..(ill try to find the lesson) but if you play the notes in that formula you get a certain patern..move the patterna round to get diff scales...
#15
it doesnt matter what the lowest note is. look at all the notes together then choose a scale. also dont limit yourself. music theory is only guidelines not rules. fell free to experiment.
#16
thanx to all of you guys for your time and reply's now i get it, i'm going to grab my guitar and try some of this stuff, thanx again
#17
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ok i'm getting it so if i came up with a riff like this

you could use a ''E'' pentatonic or and ''E'' maj/min.


e ------------------------------------------------------
b ------------------------------------------------------
g ------------------------------------------------------
d ------------------------------------------------------
a --2-----------5-----------4----------5-4-----------
e --0---0-0-0-3---0-0-0-2---0-0-0-3-2-----------


(jus made up the riff as a example)



Thats in the Key of D Major.


D, E, F#, G, B C#

Its missing 1 note though.

Try E Dorian over it.

You could also use E minor pentatonic if you wanna make it simple.
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#18
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thanx to all of you guys for your time and reply's now i get it, i'm going to grab my guitar and try some of this stuff, thanx again

i know i did the least of everyone here, but no problem