#1
Could someone just confirm for me what melodic soloing is.
Right now i believe it to be anything but shred solos.... namely solos played with emotion more so than incredible technique although excellent technique is still needed.... would i be right in thinking this is melodic soloing???

Any ideas for any songs or excercises or lessons on melodic soloing or where i can find some???
#2
Melodic basically means it has a melody instead of just being random notes.
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#4
Shred solos can be melodic. Being technically proficient does not mean that your playing has less emotion.

Have you seen the video Melodic Control with Marty Friedman? Check it out here.
#5
It`s pretty much a way of defining a way of playing; which is to play a series of notes in succession as the most prominent instrument.

Melodic soloing may seem redundant, but since soloing can mean simply playing alone, it can also be thrown into the catagory of other solos e.g. acoustic instrument with one player (which can contain a number of chords). So it really can be a shred, the only thing different with the shred is the speed that it`s played. Keep in mind also, that speed does not always mean the melodic information contained is not as interesting, its simply a way of introducing more information in a shorter period of time.
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#6
you can shred and still be melodic, anyone who thinks elsewise is an ignorant ass
#7
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Shred solos can be melodic. Being technically proficient does not mean that your playing has less emotion.

Have you seen the video Melodic Control with Marty Friedman? Check it out here.


I agree, though I still can't listen to shred for more than a few minutes.

Watch that video. It is excellent and very helpful.
#8
It "means" you can sing the solo. Or better, you've nailed a lot of chord tones during the solo.
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#9
i think its a solo that creates a melody as opposed to a harmony. but thats just me.....
#10
I've always thought of it as say when one instruments solo is more than just a solo. When the solo actually leads the rest of the band. Almost an instrumental, but with an accompany from the rest of the band.
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I've always thought of it as say when one instruments solo is more than just a solo. When the solo actually leads the rest of the band. Almost an instrumental, but with an accompany from the rest of the band.


Yep. A good solo has to be a musical piece for itself.
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#12
I think that there's no definition of a melodic solo. What someone thinks is melodic is really up to them; some people hear a melody in crazy free jazz which I might think is completely tuneless. It's really not connected to speed at all.

Try listening to this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/musicclub/doc_melody.shtml, it's an extended interview with numerous top artists from lots of genres discussing what melody really is. It's pretty enlightening
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Very good post Marmoseti, you're on the right track.



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