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post Apr 26 2007, 07:51 PM
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Instead of just shredding or going up and down scales, I was wondering how artists make song specific solos? Do they just take notes from scales that pertain to the key of the song and form them into a cool melody? Artists I listen to for those kinds of solos would be Jimmy Eat World, Weezer, Metallica etc...

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post Apr 26 2007, 08:37 PM
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Hmmm, well i think a good way to do it is listen to the track your going to be soloing over, and just imagine a solo playing along with it in youre head, if it sounds like it should be, then try to play it on guitar, another thing that you could do is just improvise, which is what i do for 90% of my solos, and when you improv, and i quote the great billy sheehan on this one "Don't Think Notes, Think Patterns" , i think its a great way to come up with licks.

One more, if youre song has a certain theme to it, like Egyptian kinda feel to it, then you can approach it with a thought process of like "Ok, i want this to have and Egyptian Vibe to it, so ill try messing around with these kinda licks" ect. ect. ect.

Somtimes the greatest riffs and solos are all accidents as well.
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post Apr 27 2007, 12:07 AM
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If you take some of your favorite licks, change them around by taking in or out some notes, combine them all, you have a solo. Remember also that a solo doest have to be a "Freebird" on your first try. Sometimes you just have to go through trial and error.

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post Apr 27 2007, 12:16 AM
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I think everyone wonders this question and really there's no right or wrong way to start a solo. You just have to make a solo and that's it. You can transform riffs and licks for help and maybe improvise but there's not a lot of options besides just doing it! It can be brutaly annoying!!! mad.gif
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