How To Make A Guitar Solo
How To Make A Guitar Solo
Richie Burrell teaches B.B. King style guitar playing in this enriching guitar tutorial. Watch and learn from Richie the essentials of blues based rock and roll.
So, some of that might sound quite nice over a twelve bar and A. So, it starts on an A, and I've been using a minor pentatonic scale which is a root note, flattened third, fourth, fifth, and flattened seventh. Back to the octave.
The most exciting notes in there are the flattened third and the flattened seventh. What I've done also is in the chord term. The notes in the A chord are A, C#, and E, and you'll notice that C# wasn't in the scale I just played.
So, I would have had an A, C, E. What I've tried to do is use both. I'm sure you've heard that before.
That's the minor. That's the major third. That's identifying the chord there.
What I've done there is run it to the octave, and then I've done that favorite B.B. King move where he plays the root notes on one string and then plays the same note again on another string.
Usually, he'll do something like bend another note after that. Then we want to try to identify the fact that we're on a D chord. So, I'm playing in D there.
Go down a minor third to major third, maybe a bit of the D chord, and then back to the A. There, I might want to stay up the fret board where I've been because I'm going back down to the A, which doesn't necessarily mean I want to keep going, like I want to follow the chords up and down up all the time. I might stay up here to do something for an A.
So, I know an A is there and minor third is there. Then I'm going to come to an E. So, I could go, playing a bit of an E Chord there.
D, maybe I'll do the same sort of thing for a D, and then I'm back to the A. I could stay there for that. Then we go to the E and start again, basically.
So, I'm trying to play a general scale. In this case, it would be A minor pentatonic, and I'm trying to add some notes that are specific to each chord as we go. What I want to do is put the F# in there, which is definitely not in the scale when you play it on its own.
Here's me, just playing the scale. Here's me, playing the scale over a D. So, you can hear there's a difference.
You'll listen and notice that. It will stop you sounding so generic in your solo, which is fine sometimes, but sometimes, you want to break it up and be a bit more interesting. Another thing to do is repetitions, so if you get some sort of exciting repetition point that will sound interesting because, basically, while you stay there, the chords underneath you shift, so the meaning of your notes changes.
So, in an A, it sounds like a fifth. When I'm on a D, it sounds like a ninth. When I'm on an E, it sounds like the root.
Those are the elements you can use to construct a guitar solo. .