Learn How To Play Creative Lead Guitar Solos Over The Barline
Want your guitar solos to sound creative while flowing smoothly from one idea to the next?
There is one cool phrasing approach that helps you do it.
What is it?
Making your phrases extend over the barline rather than stopping them right at the end of the measure.
Not sure what this means?
Let me show you how to do it!
Make your lead guitar solos sound more creative using the simple approach explained in this video:
Click on the video to begin watching it.
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"When I came to Tom for online guitar lessons, I already had a decent overall level of technique and understood the basics of music theory pretty well. I had taken lessons with other teachers before, and went through several guitar method books that promised to teach me how to become a great lead guitar player. I learned all the materials in these books and courses and picked up some useful tips and knowledge along the way. Yet for some reason I still wasn't feeling like a musician. I struggled very much with writing my own songs, creating my own solos and pushing my guitar technique and speed to a higher level (especially sweep picking, alternate picking, and playing clean at high speeds).
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Quick Tip For Improving Your Lead Guitar Bends & Vibrato
Some of the most important areas you to work on for better lead guitar playing are bending and vibrato.
One way to do this is to focus on keeping these techniques in tune.
Spend a few minutes each day working on nothing but bending the strings trying to get them in tune every time.
A very good exercise for this is to first play the pitch that you will be bending up to (by picking it as a normal note) and then perform the bend trying to match the sound of the two pitches exactly.
Over time, this will become automatic and you will no longer need to play the target note to prepare yourself for each bend.
Question: “My guitar solos don't seem to sound as passionate as my favorite players’ solos. I think I may need to use more vibrato? Is this important?”
Answer: Yes! You should apply more vibrato on the longer-held/sustained notes.
Guitarists commonly make the mistake of playing awesome guitar solos that become dull and boring because there is no vibrato in them (a very common mistake). They just don't know about this… but fortunately, it doesn’t take long to adjust.
Your vibrato doesn't have to be very wide and dramatic like what you might hear when listening to the pros, but it’s good to have at least some vibrato used on the longer-held notes in your playing for the time being.
Practice doing this by using just a handful of notes and trying to make them sound as expressive as possible with vibrato.
Focus on thinking of many variations too! For example, wide/fast vibrato, narrow/slow vibrato, etc.
Question: “What is another easy way to make my guitar solos sound more interesting and less repetitive?”
Answer: Anytime you have to repeat a phrase or a prominent note several times in a solo, ask yourself “What can I do to make the phrasing more creative in the moment to avoid repeating what I already did?”
This simple question forces you to start thinking and moving in the right direction of creating all kinds of variations on the phrases.
For example, you might start using ornaments on the notes and/or varying the rhythm, bending/sliding into some of the notes, etc.
Keeping this thought always in the back of your mind helps a lot with being aware of this issue in your playing and knowing when to take action to refine the phrasing further.
How To Play Guitar Solos More Melodically
When you play each phrase, it’s important to have some idea of how you will move to the next phrase smoothly. Problem is, most guitarists just play notes up and down the fretboard hoping to run into something cool.
Don't make this mistake!
Try this instead:
Improvise a phrase, and then sing the next half of the phrase with your voice only.
Next, try to play the exact notes of what you sang on your guitar. This makes your phrases connect and flow more smoothly just like a singer’s vocal line.
Eventually, your guitar playing takes on a more melodic and musically expressive quality. Plus, your fast guitar licks begin to feel more musical as well – connected your phrases together and creating tons of drama!
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