Study them a bit before reading on. Try playing each of them. Now the whole fretboard (each figure is twice on the fretboard, because it is in two octaves. I wrote each one just once with the exeption of the 1st figure the frets marked x are the 1st figure in the upper octave, so you can see that it follows all over again).
1st figure: .. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 910111213141516171819 e|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| h|-|-|o|-|o|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| g|-|r|-|-|o|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| d|-|o|-|-|o|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| a|-|-|o|-|o|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| e|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| Begins on 5th fret 2nd .. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 910111213141516171819 e|-|-|-|-|r|-|-|o|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| h|-|-|-|-|o|-|-|o|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| g|-|-|-|-|o|-|o|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| d|-|-|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| a|-|-|-|-|o|-|o|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| e|-|-|-|-|r|-|-|o|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| Begins on 8th fret 3rd .. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 910111213141516171819 e|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|o|-|o|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| h|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| g|-|-|-|-|-|-|o|-|o|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| d|-|-|-|-|-|-|r|-|-|o|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| a|-|-|-|-|-|-|o|-|-|o|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| e|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|o|-|o|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| Begins on 10th fret 4th .. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 910111213141516171819 e|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|o|-|o|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| h|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|r|-|-|o|-|-|-|-|-|-| g|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|o|-|-|o|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| d|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|o|-|o|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| a|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| e|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|o|-|o|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| Begins on 12th fret 5th .. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 910111213141516171819 e|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|o|-|-|o|-|-|-|-| h|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|o|-|o|-|-|-|-| g|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|-|-|-| d|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|o|-|o|-|-|-|-|-| a|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|r|-|-|o|-|-|-|-| e|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|o|-|-|o|-|-|-|-| Begins on 15th fret
Now you see why I separated it into figures-it is much easier to learn it that way. You see how the figures 'fit in' each other? It means that if you learn the 1st and 3rd figure alone, you basically know the 2nd, because it lays between them. Of course the same applies to the 3rd and 5th. Between them is the 4th... I recommend using that when you are learning it, it makes it less confusing. How to begin? Remember the r's? The root notes? Well those are all the A notes on the fretboard. From any of these points you can start your solo. And you can end it there. And of course you can play those notes during the solo. You can hit any of the " o's " on the fretboard and it will sound OK. It takes time and practice to be good at this, but this lesson is to show you the path to improve yourself. Now you know how to solo in A. But what about other keys? Now when you understand those figures, I can make a general diagram: ... 1st... 2nd. 3rd. 4th... 5th. 1st... 2nd. 3rd. 4th... 5th
.. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 910111213141516171819 e|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|o|-|o|-|o|-|-|ox|-|x|-|-| h|-|-|o|-|o|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|o|-|ox|-|x|-|-| g|-|r|-|-|o|-|o|-|o|-|-|o|-|rx|-|-|x|-|-| d|-|o|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|o|-|o|-|ox|-|-|x|-|-| a|-|-|o|-|o|-|o|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|ox|-|x|-|-| e|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|o|-|o|-|o|-|-|ox|-|x|-|-|
This is it in two octaves. The 1st, 2nd etc above it is the number of the figure above the fret where it begins (see? I used it). So for example if you want to solo in the key of F#: F# is the 2nd fret of the e string. The fretboard with marked solo notes is going to look like this: ... 1st... 2nd. 3rd. 4th... 5th. 1st... 2nd. 3rd. 4th... 5th
|-|o|-|r|-|-|o|-|o|-|o|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|o|-|o|-|o|-|-|o| |-|o|-|o|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|o|-|o|-|o|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|o|-|o| |r|-|-|o|-|o|-|o|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|o|-|o|-|o|-|-|o|-|r|-| |o|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|o|-|o|-|o|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|o|-|o|-|o|-| |-|o|-|o|-|o|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|o|-|o|-|o|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|o| |-|o|-|r|-|-|o|-|o|-|o|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|o|-|o|-|o|-|-|o|
^ What is this? Well, you can see that I also included the 0, or the open string, but that is what would be on the theoretically -1st fret (minus first). Why did I do this? Just to keep the whole shape of the first figure. If you are confused, just ignore it. Just to be sure, I'll include the E. (my favorite, by the way ) ... 1st... 2nd. 3rd. 4th... 5th. 1st... 2nd. 3rd. 4th... 5th
... 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9101112131415161718192021222324 |-| o|-|r|-|-|o|-|o|-|o|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|o|-|o|-|o|-|-|o| |-| o|-|o|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|o|-|o|-|o|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|o|-|o| |r| -|-|o|-|o|-|o|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|o|-|o|-|o|-|-|o|-|r|-| |o| -|-|o|-|r|-|-|o|-|o|-|o|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|o|-|o|-|o|-| |-| o|-|o|-|o|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|o|-|o|-|o|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|o| |-| o|-|r|-|-|o|-|o|-|o|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|o|-|o|-|o|-|-|o|
Remember that you can start the solo either on the low or the high e and also you can try altering the octaves(there are two bold r's on one string for a reason, if you didn't notice). And there are also other, additional notes, but those are just to spice up and you will surely find them as you will be building up your style. I'll add them in part two of this lesson, is this is successful (which I don't think it will, anyway). Oh, and be sure to put some time in it, it took me weeks before I started jamming along songs no problem, but on the other hand, what I wrote here is all I knew and then it only took practice. Well, that's that, and be sure to read all of it and post a comment. Any questions - PM me. I will reply, but sometimes it takes some time.
... 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 910111213141516171819202122 |-|o|- |r|-|-|o|-|o|-|o|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|o|-|o|-|o|-|-|o| |-|o|- |o|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|o|-|o|-|o|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|o|-|o| |r|-|- |o|-|o|-|o|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|o|-|o|-|o|-|-|o|-|r|-| |o|-|- |o|-|r|-|-|o|-|o|-|o|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|o|-|o|-|o|-| |-|o|- |o|-|o|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|o|-|o|-|o|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|o| |-|o|- |r|-|-|o|-|o|-|o|-|-|o|-|r|-|-|o|-|o|-|o|-|-|o|