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Todd Simpson
post Aug 27 2013, 07:31 PM
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I wanted to share a post that I originally made as a response from a student question about "Creating one's own Style" and roughly how to start creating your own Solos. FRAN has added it to the WIKI as well which is awesome!!!! Here is the link to the wiki, and the original post.

QUESTION: What would you add?

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/wiki/inde...Your_First_Solo

CREATING YOUR FIRST GUITAR SOLOS/CREATING THE FOUNDATION OF YOUR "STYLE"

An article by Todd Simpson


-Creating your Own "Style" Starts Here:


When building a solo, (and each solo builds what will become your own "style" of play), it's important to be able to create phrase ideas/themes etc. without even touching the guitar. So that eventually, when you hear a bit of music, your creative drive will start mapping out where the solo might go long before you pick up an instrument. At that point, the play is more about execution since much of the experimentation can be done very quickly in your head. This takes time, but you can audition tons of licks in your head against a given backing, then pick which ones to try. But for now...


1.)Start by just listening and trying to hear where the notes want to be played and where they want to be silent. By listening to the backing by itself, without a guitar in hand, your brain will have to work on the creative part long before the technical comes into play.

2.)Once you have an idea where the notes might go, try to play what you heard in your head. This can take time to find on the neck. Also keep in mind our "Solo Basics"

-All soloing is TENSION AND RELEASE. Setting it up and paying if off. So build tension with bends and ascending scales, then feel where the "resolution" wants to be and land on a ROOT note. Make sure to map the roots out ahead of time. smile.gif

-Focus on creating a Start, Middle and End. Just like a good story, a solo should take you someplace. If the licks are simply strung together, the listener can somehow tell. If the licks are flowing in response to the backing and where it's wanting to take the lead, the listener can tell that as well, even if they can't articulate it.

-Don't worry too much about technique at this stage. You can always add a bit of flash as you go. The most important thing at the early stage is let the backing guide you. Think of the solo as a discussion between friends. Both parties are saying their bit, and since they are friends it sounds harmonious. The conversation shouldn't be too one sided, even though the soloist is playing the part of "responder" to the backing tracks "call". (Call and Response, yet another very important element in creating memorable solos) Through the interplate of the backing (the call) and the solo (the response) something new is created that reflects both. Make sense? smile.gif

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Cosmin Lupu
post Aug 28 2013, 08:21 AM
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It makes total sense! This article touches one of the most important aspects in playing and writing in general - not playing what you know but what the music asks for smile.gif


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post Aug 28 2013, 04:07 PM
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Yep, as I have heard David Walliman say before, it's best to create that solo in your mind without the guitar in your hands. Sad thing is I hear solos I can't play. mellow.gif


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post Aug 28 2013, 11:35 PM
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TENSION AND RELEASE...so many forget about what makes listener feel emotions...


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post Aug 30 2013, 05:13 AM
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Thanks man!! smile.gif I agree all the way! BTW, you came up in a coversation I was having with DENNIS from PRO TONE Pedals! He is evidently a BIG fan of your work and he is a member here @ GMC!! He is a truly gifted maker of very spiff pedals. I just got my MISHA DELUX overdrive and it's simply THE BEST SOUNDING OD I"VE EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE.

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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Aug 28 2013, 03:21 AM) *
It makes total sense! This article touches one of the most important aspects in playing and writing in general - not playing what you know but what the music asks for smile.gif



Very true smile.gif It's concepts like these that can really help when your trying to turn scales in to solos smile.gif

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QUOTE (Darius Wave @ Aug 28 2013, 06:35 PM) *
TENSION AND RELEASE...so many forget about what makes listener feel emotions...



That's ok!!! That's how it's supposed to work smile.gif It gives you something to work for and even if you have to record/play it one note at at time it's always worth it wink.gif

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QUOTE (thefireball @ Aug 28 2013, 11:07 AM) *
Yep, as I have heard David Walliman say before, it's best to create that solo in your mind without the guitar in your hands. Sad thing is I hear solos I can't play. mellow.gif



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