3 Guitar Solo Exercises That Make Your Solos Sound Better (Even If You Are New To Lead Guitar)

By Tom Hess


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What’s the fastest way to make your guitar solos sound better?

For a long time, I thought the answer was:

“Learn lots of new guitar licks and scales.”

Back then, my playing wasn’t very good. Quite frankly: I sucked!

I thought learning more new guitar licks was the answer.

And then I realized:

I already knew lots of licks, but still had NO IDEA how to put them into a solo!

Everything changed when I found a guitar teacher who told me point-blank that I was…

…TOTALLY WRONG!


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He then taught me how to use what I already knew to make my solos sound better in one lesson.

This transformed my lead guitar playing forever.

What did he teach me?

Check out the video to learn 3 of my most important guitar solo exercises and use them next time you practice:
 



(Watch the video before reading further.)

What’s the best way to use these ideas in your guitar practice?

The key is to get really good at the most important guitar solo & phrasing techniques:
 

Guitar Solo Phrasing Technique #1: Vibrato

Great vibrato sound is about: Balancing the speed and the width of your vibrato.

If your vibrato is fast and narrow, it might as well be a mosquito. If it is slow and wide, it doesn't sound like vibrato anymore. (It sounds like slow bends.)

Here is what good vibrato sounds like (and how to practice it):
 



Question: “Tom Hess, what is the best hand position to use for vibrato?”

Answer: Use the web between your thumb and index finger as the pivot point. Your forearm should rotate, as if you are turning a wrench to bend the string.

It looks like this:
 

Guitar vibrato hand position

That said, focus on the sound of your vibrato first. Let your ears guide your hands to find the correct motions. If you focus on the motions first, it distracts your ears from what really matters: the SOUND!

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Bonus tip: if you have a vibrato bar on your guitar, check out this guitar solo video with cool vibrato bar tips that improve your solos.
 

Guitar Solo Phrasing Technique #2: Emotional String Bends

You know how to bend a string, right?

What you may not know are dozens of string bend variations that literally make your guitar sing.

Best part?

You can learn them fast and make your guitar licks sound better today.

Check out this video to learn several of my favorite string bending ideas & use them in your guitar playing:
 



Guitar Solo Phrasing Technique #3: Slides

Slides add fire to any guitar lick you play (even if that lick is only 1 note).

Sounds unbelievable, right?

Check out this video that shows a simple way slides can transform your guitar licks:
 



Guitar Solo Phrasing Technique #4: Pinch Harmonics

Do you know any guitarist who doesn't like the sound of pinch harmonics?

I don't either. :)

Pinch harmonics are a lot of fun and they make anything you play sound better right away.

Unfortunately, most guitar players struggle to play pinch harmonics, because they don't know how to practice this technique correctly.

So here is a video that shows you how:
 



Want more help with making your guitar solos sound better?

No problem.

Download this free lead guitar solo eGuide and learn the secret to adding fire and emotion to any guitar lick (even if you can’t play guitar fast yet).


Tom HessAbout Tom Hess: Tom Hess is a guitar teacher, music career mentor and guitar teacher trainer. He teaches rock guitar lessons online to students from all over the world and conducts instructional live guitar training events attended by musicians from over 50 countries.

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