#1
So I've been playing since about December. I can play a bunch of stuff, some Rise Against, a little bit of Hendrix, some Buckethead. I can also shred/improv decently.
My only problem is that for some reason I can't learn solos. I'm pretty sure that what I really need to be doing is practicing scales, but do you guys have any other advice that you'd like to help me out with?
Much aprreciated.

Cheers,
Baby

EDIT: Also, what scales are mainly used in solos and songs?
Last edited by Baby Joel at Sep 18, 2008,
#2
You don't need to practice scales, you need to practice the solos themselves...and I doubt you can shred or improvise decently after 8 months, it might be time to reassess your playing and be a bit more honest with yourself.

Perfect things slowly first, as slow as it needs to be for you to play it properly without missing notes, and build from there - if you can't play something slowly you're not going to be able to play it quickly either.
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#3
solo's will be based on what key the song is in. In terms of learning solo's - what works for me is to get the tab and run through it slowly with no music or metronome...then when I memorize the tab, Ill start to play along with the song, over and over and over until I get a good feel - then to clean it up, play without the song but in time with a metronome. Everyone learns different but thats helped me, so I hope that might help.

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you can't learn solos but you can shred/improv?
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#5
Edit: I misunderstood the TS's post i thought he said he wanted to learn how to improv.

To TS if you really can improvise, why would you want to copy someone else?
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#6
I can improv what I want, but not what will sound good to the song. That's why I thought scales might be a good idea.
#7
The central concept of improvising is playing something that fits with your backing - if you can't do that then you can't improvise yet.
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...yet

give things time, remember this isn't a race...you'll be learning new things for as long as you play the guitar, there's always going to be something you don't know.

Like I said, if you want to learn a solo then the best thing you can be practicing is the solo itself. If you want to give yourself a head start on things with a bit of basic theory groundwork then read the Crusade articles by Josh Urban in the columns section.
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