Modern Soloing

by Aleksander Sukovic

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  • Hey there all you GMC-ers! And welcome to the lesson titled "Modern Soloing".

    In this lesson I would like to demonstrate: 1) an example of how you can incorporate multiple techniques and styles into one solo, and 2) a new interesting way of composing solos.

    The techniques that I used in this lesson are not in any way uncommon. In fact, most of you, I suppose, are very much familiar with them. But the playing style and the application of these techniques is more-less uncommon for guitar. Why is this, you may ask? That's because this solo was not composed on the guitar, but on keyboard. Why on keyboard? Because, in theory after years of playing one instrument (in this case the guitar) as well as listening to various guitar players, your way of thinking of music, melody, phrases, passages, etc. has become more-less limited to the guitar.

    This is, off course limiting only for players that are searching for some fresh new ideas and exploring new styles and ways of playing!

    So, in theory, a solo that has been composed on keyboard, or some instrument, other than guitar, should sound a lot less guitar-like. The one more advantage is that this way of composing solos opens up a whole new dimension of applying techniques in guitar soloing. For example, this lesson demonstrates one way of applying techniques for this solo on the guitar, but it could have been arranged in a totally different way, let's say - in picking, or in tapping, or legato, or combining these in various ways.

    This, of course does not mean that from now on you shouldn't compose solos on the instrument they are intended to be played on! No, this is again, only a demonstration of how you can come up with some fresh new ideas that can expand your way of thinking when making solos.

    The key is: D minor;

    The signature is: 4/4;

    The tempo is: 154 BPM;


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