Slow Rock Guitar Solo

by Jose Mena

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  • Hello GMCers. Welcome to a lesson somewhat different, to my previous lessons. No shred or speed here. Sometimes when we practice and practice to get to a jaw dropping speed, we forget that we are supposed to create music, I have been guilty of this myself.

    I asked my brother Andres Mena (aka MenO, permission to use one of his songs, this one is one of his softest it is called lie to me, I really like this song, it is very sad song, understanding the lyrics helped me come up with a solo suitable for the song. It should be sad and emotional, shred wouldn't work here, instead the guitar should be crying, and that was my intent.

    For this lesson I have used the original track from lie to me, but changed the solo around a little and made it larger (the whole song with the original solo is available here:

    The solo is really simple, only technique here is bends and vibrato, The whole solo is in the key of B natural minor.

    Solos like these are great for the beginner to intermediate player seeking to start playing some lead. A beginner should first concentrate in playing every note precisely and accurately, and then add the guitar feel with vibrato, slides and ghost notes.

    I hope you like this one as much as I do. Have fun!

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