#1
I can solo but it always sounds more like the sad blues solos than the happy ones. I use the major and minor pentatonic scales and I always have this problem. Does anyone have any tips to make my solos sound more happy and uplifting?
#2
Learn the true major scale?
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#3
Find solos that have that effect on you and figure out why.

edit: Something I like doing a lot in minor keys is throwing in major 3s and 6s. Check out Kristopher Dahl's hybrid picking lesson, it's got some cool licks in minor that don't sound really sad.
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#5
idk, i dont solo much at all, but maybe going faster higher and using more harmonics might help? also try slides going up...
#6
Experiment is all i can advise, i just add bends, double stops and bits of surf-style one string tremolo picking into my solos, just sit down with your guitar clean, throw on a metronome and just free your mind, and go from there, , learning scales never did me any good, I just tend to solo by ear these days...

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change scale
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Mess with tempos, I mess around with the blues and pentatonic scale a whole lot, I've found if you change the tempo, you can put a completely different feel into anything.

Just play around with different stuff a lot.

On second thought, your playing should reflect your emotions... are you sure you're not sad all the time? But seriously, if you're always too self serious when your playing, it isn't going to produce particularly happy music. Just have fun with it, and it'll end up sounding fun.
#10
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change scale

it could work
but if not try this
dont use any scale, just your ear
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#11
it all depends on how you resolve your phrase...

for example, if you are playing in C major, you are going to continously play the super dominant, which is the 6th degree of the scale (A) and conclude your phrases in the tonic (C) to actually make it sound like a major scale (which is just a "happy" sound

if you resolve your phrase in A, then you are playing a minor scale
#13
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it all depends on how you resolve your phrase...

for example, if you are playing in C major, you are going to continously play the super dominant, which is the 6th degree of the scale (A) and conclude your phrases in the tonic (C) to actually make it sound like a major scale (which is just a "happy" sound

if you resolve your phrase in A, then you are playing a minor scale


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Submediant?
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Natural Major scale, or in some cases, Mixolydian is very "happy" sounding.
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#16
Focus on the stronger scale degrees (1, 4 and 5) and work with happy intervals - the major 3rd is your friend.
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#17
In pentatonic try to resolve to the major 1. Not the minor 1. For example, in a g major (e minor) pentatonic solo resolve to g and try to avoid resolving to e.
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#18
i've heard being asking how to make their solos sound good or better. never heard someone ask for info on making them happier.

try cheering up, get a positive outlook on life, and start giving yourself some daily affirmations to feel better. if that doesn't work then nothing will.
#20
I've never heard of a super dominant....

And TS: If your soloing over a chord progression (or whatever) that is in minor key, then no doubt your solo will sound sad. And as someone above said, try the mixolydian mode. It sounds happy and alive rather than the major scales joyfulness. A nice touch when using the major scale is to bend from the leading not to the tonic. Simple but emphasises that it is major. I use this a fair bit and also play the tonic on the string up e.g I play a 12th fret e and a 16th fret B, bending the b string to the same as the e.

And maybe think some happy thoughts before hand

EDIT: superdominant=submediant some website said
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#21
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Submediant?



i've always know the 2nd degree as the submediant as and the 6th as the superdominat... i just took a look at wikipedia and turns out i got it backwards... sorry


still... we are talking about the same note on the scale
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#23
im sorry bud but i think thats one of the dumber questions i've seen on this website you gotta specify... define a happy solo
#24
use different things that effect your tone (different types of guitars, different settings, different effects, different amps, etc...) and try different types of scales.
#25
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im sorry bud but i think thats one of the dumber questions i've seen on this website you gotta specify... define a happy solo




Within the context of music, the question is not that hard to understand... Not really a dumb question at all either, for someone who doesn't really know a lot of theory.
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#26
bwenz your a clown but if you really wanna try things to make a solo "happier" play around with tempo and bends on some scales, it'd prolly help to listen to some solo's you like so you can base your messing around with off of something ya know
#27
Try some Eric Johnson. Like Cliffs of Dover has some pretty happy (kinda cheesy sounding) riffs in it. Good to learn, nevertheless.
#28
create a melody in your head that you try to find out on the fretboard, then you use that as the key melody of the solo, and add in some licks in the major scale
#30
You can still make a fairly happy solo in the pentatonic scale, maybe use happier backing chords?
#31
You probably keep playing in one of the minor modes, try the major scale and its variant modes, you'll get a different feel out of each mode.
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You can still make a fairly happy solo in the pentatonic scale, maybe use happier backing chords?


This post is officially made of win; the best way to sound happy in a solo is to solo over a happy backing.
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#33
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You probably keep playing in one of the minor modes, try the major scale and its variant modes, you'll get a different feel out of each mode.

It really doesn't matter what mode you play in. You an play in aeolian and get the same sound as Ionian. It's about targeting intervals like Steven Seagull said and making sure that you base your solo around the major 1 of the key your in(or the 5 if you wanna try a mixolydian solo)
#34
i find large interval jumps to notes that are "major notes" in the major scale. ie the 3rd. 6th, 7th makes a solo sound happier somewhat, noodling up and down in almost any mode of the major scale just sounds like noodling up and down, doesnt matter what mode if you use notes right next to eachother..

i know this is not real music theory, just my opinion
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i've always know the 2nd degree as the submediant as and the 6th as the superdominat... i just took a look at wikipedia and turns out i got it backwards... sorry


still... we are talking about the same note on the scale


No, the second degree is the supertonic.
#37
get exited, jump around a little, think of your girl's ass, just get uber pumped up like you won a grammy and grin like a cheshire cat. your fingers will be springier and your shoulders will get loose and your legs go all wobbly and you wanna spin around and you don't care about tripping on your cord so you jump up and down a little too and your fingers just seem to remember where you want them to go and those crunchy noises sound more like chirps and the urge to take off your clothes seems unbearable! you start running around your house unplugged in your underwear jamming like a bandit and your mom thinks your just on drugs but you just really like to play guitar so you throw away the guitar case you bought, 'cuz you spend all of your time playing anyway and you never need to put it away, and your teachers kick you out for solo-ing while they're teaching, and your girlfriend starts wearing skimpier and skimpier clothing to get your attention but you barely hear her when she asks why you play guitar during sex and it's not cuz she's far away, it's cuz you just bought five marshal 4x12s and you now have thew ultimate setup and it's drowning her out, and you buy a talk box so you can have nasty conversations with your axe and then you throw out your stereo because you can play all of the songs on the radio anyway and you start a band but there's no point because you juts drown them out and they distract the audience from you anyway so you start touring solo and you quit selling tickets because the audience doesn't GET you. eventually you try to strum but you've fused to the guitar and you can't move your arms anymore.
wait, what was this thread about? OH! if you want to sound happy, BE HAPPY.
#38
However said learn the major scale, but mabye also the Lydian and Mixolydian modes too.
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#40
Use the Major Scale (or Ionian Mode), it really has a happy sound to it, try octaves also, they can really help achieve that happy sound if you use them right.