Building a Modern Rock Solo

by Emir Hot

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  • Hi

    I am big fan of good and tasty rock licks. Some of you might have noticed that I usually pay attention to melody in every solo. I almost always develop it with slow long notes and speed up later.

    In this lesson I wanted to try to make a solo from bunch of different licks and still get the same effect without going for a specialy developed theme. You can notice that every 2 bars I play a different lick but when connected with the previous one they work together as a melody.

    This lesson, besides technical, could also be in category of compositional skills. The technical part of it introduces many different things. You have alternate picking, sweeped arpeggios, tapping etc... Please pay attention to hammer ons and pull offs when playing minor pentatonic licks in the lesson. Those are very important for proper phrasing (see GP file or tab). The whole solo is in A minor with its relative modes so I just left one scale diagram. There are some chromatic passing ones and one dorian lick (see Am6 chord on the video) but think of A minor througout the whole solo.

    I hope you'll find some useful licks in this one and happy practicing...


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