Teaching how to solo

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  1. Bergy

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    Anyone use strategies that worked either really well or really poorly? I’ve been soloing for a long time and feel like I am overlooking some things. I’ve been pretty good at training up rhythm guitarists, now a few of em are chomping at the bit to dive into lead guitar player skills. I have been less effective at communicating those skills.
     
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    Remember to tell a story, and build tension as you go.
     
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    Some tools soloists need: scales, arpeggios,and awareness of phrasing all important. You don't have to have the whole neck under control- just a couple of positions.
     
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    I like to try and teach students a guitar solo from a famous recording- something simple (or appropriate for the student's ability level). The solo from Folsom Prison Blues is a pretty good beginner one. JUST THE FIRST SOLO from Sweet Child O' Mine is a pretty easy one too.
    I really push my students to learn how to spell chords, so we can analyze these solos and explain why those solos sound so good to our ears.
    Good luck!
     
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    What has helped me is learning triads and then connecting them with scales. It allows you to follow the changes and to sound melodic.(I got this same tip here about 1 1/2 years ago and it made a huge difference in my playing). Best of luck!
     
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    I started using kind of a modified CAGED method about 18 months ago and I think it really improved my lead playing.
     
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    1) Learn the minor pentatonic scale.
    2) Use your ear to learn which notes can be played at certain parts of the progression.
    3) Memorize a handful of repeating patterns or "licks" that you can jump to in the event that you draw a blank while soloing (I got this from an old Doug Marks Metal Method lesson).
    4) After all of this, then start finding your own voice. That will come naturally.
     
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    I wrote up a page about it on my little site, HERE. Basically, I think in terms of it as a combination of improvisation and composition.

    Bob
     
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