Just curious as how you fine fellows approach your lead breaks in songs, for live performance... or recording... with or without a band. Some I will wing, if its a simple 3 chord song or something.... but often I write a solo for a song. What I try to do is put a few phrases that are new to me, not in my usual vocabulary... and playing them over and over, tends to help me remember them and hopefully work their way into my usual vocabulary. Sometimes its something I learned from a youtube video but often its something I stumbled onto myself, just noodling around.,,, a new way to phrase what I already sort of know. the downside to this is that sometimes these phrases or ideas never truly make it into the usual vocabulary and I find I cannot play them out of context ... that is, I never use them unless I'm playing THAT song that I wrote the lead for. But sometimes I succeed and they do. How do you guys do this? total improv or compose something in advance or a mix?