So, I've found that writing out guitar work -- especially melodies/solos -- can be extremely tedious and at times, frustrating, without having a bank of knowledge in music theory, and simply thinking about what to play doesn't compare to beauty of spontaneous playing (as in, improvisation almost always yields better results).

This is troubling, because a lot of the time, I am incapable of remembering what I played, no matter what sort of memory -- i.e. finger, eye, ear -- I attempt to use. Of course, I could play each part in smaller bits, being able to memorize and take in a few pieces at a time, and hope that the final production is as grand as it could be.

Still, I'd enjoy being able to run through a minute or two of soloing or riffing, without having to break it into smaller sections. Anyone have any useful advice ?
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i use handy dandy note book and a cheap recording device to memorize songs while im writting
then i just break apart the riffs and touch it up alittle
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record it and write it down.
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^ that's what I do. I record my improvisation then immediately write it down, I'll sometimes stumble upon something I really like and would hate to lose it so it gets recorded and numbered say number 7 and written down in a notebook under "number 7". Then anything else I play which sounds a bit like it might work with "number 7" it gets written down too under the same place. Don't just record the improv you think sounds amazing, often something which sounds ordinary while you are playing will sound different (often better) once you play it back.