#1
I've only been playing guitar for about a year and I was wondering if anyone had some good advice on how to solo.
#2
you go the the lessons section.
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my best advice would be to learn your scales pentatonic and major in as many keys and positions as posibble and just practise them as much as you can. Then practise improvisation. being able to improvise is such an important factor of guitar playing even if its only in one or two keys. If you can do that then your sorted. just play around try different little techniques and stuff and youll come up with something eventually. All in all IT COME WITH TIME
#4
In addition to practicing improv, learn some solos from artists that inspire you (try songs that are a challenge but also realistic for your skill level). That will teach you a lot about soloing
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In addition to practicing improv, learn some solos from artists that inspire you (try songs that are a challenge but also realistic for your skill level). That will teach you a lot about soloing


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learn to solo by ...... soloing. the best place to start is by learning some solos that you like. Pick something easy to start with.
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learn to solo by ...... soloing. the best place to start is by learning some solos that you like. Pick something easy to start with.


I agree, its good to start by copying other peoples licks. It teaches you alot about phrasing and note choice, and gets you sounding good straight away
After some time you can start tweaking the licks you know to add your own personality. Adding a note, bending into a note that was originaly picked, changing a note, changine the tempo, playing on a different set of strings etc are all things you can do to start making other peoples licks become more personalized. After some time you will start comming up with your own licks, but copying others that now what they are doing is a good place to start.
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learn to solo by ...... soloing. the best place to start is by learning some solos that you like. Pick something easy to start with.


+1.

But don't forget to learn some theory about scales and chord progression, especially the major scale.
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i recommend Smells Like Teen Spirit. i know its the vocal melody, but its good to start with.
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#11
easiest way to start is take the C major scale, and rip all the triads from it..

make a chord progression, then solo over it using the basic C major scale position.. 1 octave at first. just make melodies. speak your mind. then advance to 2 octaves and see what kind of whacky **** you can come up with.

if you don't know any theory yet, just use the power chords for C, D, and E and solo over that (3rd, 5th, 7th fret on the A string)

once you get comfortable with that.. try using the same chord progresison, but use A minor instead of C major. see what you can come up with... try fast.. slow.. and in between..

good luck
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I've only been playing guitar for about a year and I was wondering if anyone had some good advice on how to solo.
Honestly? Learn and improvis in a pentatonic box shape or 2, that will get your phrasing and technique right for improvising. Than learn some theory, and intervals and degrees and than harmonic and melodic qualities of notes.

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#13
learn some boxes for the time being and just play over powerchords until you learn theory, and also practise licks and solos from songs. there isnt any shortcut to a good soloing abilty
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learn some boxes for the time being and just play over powerchords until you learn theory, and also practise licks and solos from songs. there isnt any shortcut to a good soloing abilty
Apart from theory...
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yeah but learning theory isnt really a shortcut is it? i mean while he learns theory
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I would say the best way is to learn from masters. Figure out changes and lines from your favourite recordings and try to play them. There's also a great resource on the web with lots of licks for free http://bopland.org