Guitar Solo Lesson And Video: Getting A Lot From Little

By Tom Hess

Getting-A-Lot-From-LittleHow many guitar players do you know who have good guitar skills, but still can’t ‘freely’ create awesome guitar solos? Fact is, most guitar players do not know how to really use the musical skills they already have. So, what do they do to try to fix this common problem? They learn more skills. Hmm… is this truly what will help you to create better guitar solos? Not really, because when you learn new skills, you will still struggle to use them fluently and creatively to create cool guitar solos.

In this guitar solo lesson and video below, we will focus on how to ‘use’ what you know and specifically how to get a lot of cool sounds and emotion out of playing very few notes on the guitar. The truth is, the more you learn how to get a lot from little, the easier it is for you to get a lot from a lot.

When creating or improvising guitar solos, most guitar players rely on ‘playing new notes’ (or more notes) in order to express themselves. This rarely works well. 

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The key to creating, improvising and playing great guitar solos is not ‘what’ you play, it’s ‘how you play it’. Having great guitar phrasing is infinitely more valuable than having other great guitar skills. There are many ways to learn guitar phrasing, but the most important is to be able to play one note extremely well. Another great thing to practice is to make many small variations on a small single phrase. You want to focus not on what to play, or what the note options are, but instead on what you can do with a small phrase. How much emotion and interest you can squeeze out of something small.

The reality is, it is much harder to say something with 2 or 3 notes than it is to say something with lots of notes. But once you can master this (becoming highly expressive with only a few pitches), your ability to become expressive when playing lots of notes becomes very easy.

Train your guitar solo skills and improvising by working with ‘less’ notes, so that you can master the ability to become fully expressive using all the notes, techniques and skills that you can already play, instead of working on ‘new skills’.

You can often grow faster as a guitar player by learning more about your ‘existing’ skills instead of learning new ones. Training with a very small group of notes is one of the key methods you can use to do this.

Watch the guitar solo lesson video below to see exactly what I’m talking about and learn how to improve your guitar solos and phrasing.

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