Phrasing and Dynamics 3 - Pop Rock Solo

by Jose Mena

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  • Hello again! Welcome to my new lesson about phrasing, I had some requests for this after the first two I did, so here you go.

    This time the solo is simpler, almost no fast playing here, instead for the climax of the solo I play less notes.

    This is from a Meno song called Hearts Get Broken, and this is an extended solo version, played live sometimes when we want to make the songs longer and burn some time.

    Usually during the climax of a solo I start playing more notes and faster, but an equally efective approach is to play less notes and follow the main melody of the vocals. You will hear that when the chord progression changes I start playing one note over and over, as if the guitar is now the lead singer, when this is done it catches the audience's ear because I am playing something that is familiar to them.

    The whole solo is in the key of F#, the rhythm is fun and easy to play to. Hope you like it, and jam with your own ideas over the backing track.

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