We've all sat in
our rooms listening to our favourite bands wishing that we could play
solos like them.
Soloing is an
amazing experience that can be related to extreme sports or anything
else that gets your blood pumping.
You may have
wondered, "I would love to write music but don't know where to start."
These questions and
more will be answered in this lesson. We are going to take you on a
journey to build your creative side.
If you are going to play a solo, you have to write one first so
we are going to start this lesson with composition.
purpose is to make phrases (musical sentences) into melodies that sound
Soloing is a very
popular form of improvisation (making things up as you go) and is a
great definition for composing because that's what you are doing on the
To help you relate
solos to other types of writing, soloing can be compared to writing a
poem or short story.
You want to get your
feelings and emotions felt through your guitar. You do that by choosing
a scale to work with and build off of. These could be sad (minor) or
happy (major) scales that can really make the music tell you what the
mood of the solo is.
I like to use blues
scales mixed in with pentonic scales to make bluesy rock solos. The
possibilities are endless.
You could sit in
your room and play 12 hours a day for the rest of your life and never
find all of the combinations of scales. I'm going to give you a blues
scale and together we are going to run through it.
This is laying a
foundation for your solo and you can then start to build off of this.