Easy Blues Soloing For Beginners

This is just a simple way to know where to solo, what notes to hit, and what key to play it in.

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Soloing is a great part of playing guitar. You can have fun, sound great, and impress people. This is a beginners guide on where and when to solo. 1. First of all, know where to start your solo. Lets say the chord progression to the song your soloing in is something this: A D C G Where I like to start my solo is at the the fret that corresponds with the first chord, so in this case, I'd start my solo on the fifth fret on the E string.
e|---------------|
B|---------------|
G|---------------|
D|---------------|
A|---------------|
E|--5------------|
The proper notes to a blues progression in A are:
e|----------------------------------5-7--8-|
B|--------------------------5-6--8---------|
G|------------------5-7-8------------------|
D|-------------5-7-------------------------|
A|-------5-6-7-----------------------------|
E|--5--8-----------------------------------|
These notes work in other keys too:
e|----------------------------------3-5--6-|
B|--------------------------3-4--6---------|
G|------------------3-5-6------------------|
D|-------------3-5-------------------------|
A|-------3-4-5-----------------------------|
E|--3--6-----------------------------------|
In the A Blues progression, its sounds good to play notes for different lengths or else it sounds mechanic and boring. Also, when bending notes, make sure you bend to a note that fits in the progression. For example, if you want to bend at the third fret on the B string, you would only bend half a step. But if you want to bend at the 3rd fret on the e string, then you would half to bend a whole step or else it will sound bad. Have fun exploring notes and bringing your solos up to octaves. Other notes that fit in the solo:
e|-----------------------------------------------------5-7--8-9-10-|
B|----------------------------------------5-6-7-8-10---------------|
G|-------------------------------5-6-7-8---------------------------|
D|------------------------5-7-9------------------------------------|
A|--------------5-6-7-9--------------------------------------------|
E|--5--7-8-9-------------------------------------------------------|

6 comments sorted by best / new / date

    pHiLLa
    Nice lesson, Gold for beginners starting with theory . .heck this helped me even and i'm a solo-noob 0_o
    techroach
    Played this on top of the progression. Some notes don't sound good AT ALL! .. What am I getting wrong?
    TheMosesGun
    I'm pretty sure the F (6th fret on the B string) is wrong... .also the second pattern is A, B, B#, C, D, D#,E,B, G, A, B, C, C#, D, D#, etc. they sound wrong.