#1
So, after months of playing chords and a few scales, I decided I should learn to play solos.

How did you go with this? Did you jump right to playing songs, or did you exercise your fingers?
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#2
Get some songs with some easy solos, and learn them. Take the techniques from them and use them into your solos/improvisations.

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#3
Any recommendable songs?
Keeping in mind I'm really bad.
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#4
Try and slow the solos down as well. Play with a metronome and gradually build up the speed. Also try and jam the scales you have learned in different ways and in different positions. The scales are the backbone of lead playing and if you have that, you are well on your way to becoming an adept soloist.
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dude, i would get out a metronome and go over minor pentatonic and diatonic scales up and down the neckboard over and over. thats how I got better and faster fingers. I'm not as good as i could be because I have slacked in the last little while from practicing it but I am able to play a lot of solos, so I'd start on the scales slow and work them out and get faster and faster. that's how you learn to solo.
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#8
also, Metallica's Nothing Else Matters solo is done by James Hetfield (NOT their lead guitar player) which makes it a little easier to tackle than any of Hammet's solos
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#9
Emergency by Paramores pretty good for learning solo
its a really bad solo,but its good for learning
its pretty slow as well
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#10
Great, thanks for the advice.
One question, though.
Should I be alternate picking the scales? I've never really been doing that.
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Great, thanks for the advice.
One question, though.
Should I be alternate picking the scales? I've never really been doing that.


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Great, thanks for the advice.
One question, though.
Should I be alternate picking the scales? I've never really been doing that.

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#13
http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/m/misc/speed_exercise_tab.htm

this helped me as a good picking practice .... i should probably start using it again to be honest.
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#14
my first solo was the iron man solo.
It wasnt too hard, try that.

Im sure there are easier though.
Iron was actually a pretty easy song in general to learn, its just a lot of power chords.
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my first solo was the iron man solo.
It wasnt too hard, try that.

Im sure there are easier though.
Iron was actually a pretty easy song in general to learn, its just a lot of power chords.


My first solo too. I'd definitely recommend it.
#16
Get some backing tracks (www.guitarbt.com), and improvise in scales over the music.

It's helped me heaps, but make sure you practice on a variety of genres (jazz, metal, rock etc).

EDIT: Oooh, I see what you mean.

www.shredacademy.com is a good site. It has very advanced lessons, however you don't need to play them anywhere near as fast as they do; it will improve your speed tremendously over a period of time.
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also, Metallica's Nothing Else Matters solo is done by James Hetfield (NOT their lead guitar player) which makes it a little easier to tackle than any of Hammet's solos


Yeah, Hetfields solo's are easier than Kirk's because Kirk is the lead guitarist.
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#19
zephyr song solo is very easy, the first one I learned ..
#20
RHCP solos are not to hard. Thats prob a good place to start.

Deff try the ironman solo though. Its a little fast at first but a metrenome helps.
#21
The first solo I learned was Bohemian Rhapsody solo, that was a good one to start of with. Then I did Texas Flood.
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#22
My first was Sweet Child O mine. I think its good for beginners for 2 reasons.

1. There are 2 interludes before the solos. These are very easy to play and are recognizable, so you will be motivated.

2. The interludes obviously use the pentatonic scale, so going from scale to the interludes isnt all that hard.