#1
whenever i improvise or anything it always sounds bluesy i dont know how to get out of it.

any advice?
#3
Quote by MetalMilitia212
Stop using pentatonic.


+1

Also try using different modes, I suggest Lydian
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#4
its true... i used to have the same issue.. i still do sometimes... make sure you make it a point not to play pentatonic scales. And don't bend that much. Consciously play stuff you normally don't--that helps too
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#5
why don't you wanna sound blues?!
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#7
Turn up the gain...for god sake.

And yes, learn another scale and stop bending strings a lot! (if you do.) That rips the bluesy feel right out.
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#9
Doesn't an added b5 give you an even more bluesy sound?

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#10
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Doesn't an added b5 give you an even more bluesy sound?

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Usually it does, it's just another passing not though. But it probably doesn't sound so bluesy in a different scale other than the pentatonic.
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#11
I use this lick very often in my soloing (pentatonics).


E-------12--------------------
B-15b------15-12----------- b5
G-------------------------[15-14-12] = repeat many times
D---------------------------------------
A------------------------------------
E-------------------------------
Just play it very fast and it doesnt sound bluesy at all.
EVH uses it quite much. Look at the pent. lick at the end of "You really got me ".
#12
Quote by Evil_Magician
I use this lick very often in my soloing (pentatonics).


E-------12--------------------
B-15b------15-12----------- b5
G-------------------------[15-14-12] = repeat many times
D---------------------------------------
A------------------------------------
E-------------------------------
Just play it very fast and it doesnt sound bluesy at all.
EVH uses it quite much. Look at the pent. lick at the end of "You really got me ".


The "repeat many times" gets me...blues players repeat the same damn thing far too many times. To lose the blues feel I thought you had to learn a scale and play around in it, not get 2 notes and bash the hell out of them 85x.
I agree on the Van Halen lick at the end of You Really Got Me though, only because it's long and excluding millions of repeats.
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#14
shred. but only in small bursts. 15 secs top is what i usually do unless its a very VERY fast song and it fits all the way through. just be careful about how long you do. you don't wanna be another yngwie copy
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#15
Harmonic minor is a crazy cool scale. Sounds egyptian. If you want to sound more metal just use the natural minor, which is actually the pentatonic anyways, but with more notes.
#21
LYDIAN LYDIAN LYDIAN.

sounds good for all music.
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#22
the key is to not bend as many notes. Bending is nearly synonymous with the blues. Nothing wrong with having a little blues in your playing, no matter what genre you're going for.
#23
Try playing on the bridge pickup.
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#24
Remove all feeling, scales, and technique and you're gold. *stab at the other genres that don't include at least 1 of those*
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Remove all feeling, scales, and technique and you're gold. *stab at the other genres that don't include at least 1 of those*

Wait...what? Remove scales and technique, to sound less bluesy?
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#26
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Remove all feeling, scales, and technique and you're gold. *stab at the other genres that don't include at least 1 of those*

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Looks like someone wants to start a Blues VS. Metal war ?
#27
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Looks like someone wants to start a Blues VS. Metal war ?
I never said anything against metal.
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#28
Metal IS blues. End of.

How to stop sounding bluesy? Harmonic minor. Or even double-harmonic minor. That'll knock the blues-rock sound right out.
#29
To not sound bluesy? On top of what everybody else has said, throw on some effects. Blues players almost never use 'em