How To Make Your Lead Guitar Solos Sound More Melodic & Musically Expressive

by Tom Hess


Tired of playing guitar solos that sound more like exercises than actual music?

Here is a quick tip to make your guitar solos more melodic:

Use phrasing that is similar to the vocal melodies of your favorite singers.

The better you can do this, the more your guitar solos sound catchy and memorable.

Good news:

Doing this is not as hard as you might think.

It’s as easy as:

  1. Transcribing a vocal line from any song
     
  2. Finding the slower parts of the melody that piece it together
     
  3. Filling in the space between the main notes with lead guitar runs

This video shows you to create melodic guitar solo licks from any vocal melody using the 3 steps above:


Practice this concept consistently helps to transform your guitar solos from robotic or exercise-like to melodic and musically expressive.

Here are some more ways to get results from this concept:

  1. Improvise 20 different variations of a vocal melody on guitar each day to hone your phrasing skills fast
     
  2. Use vibrato and bending to add more overall drama to your phrases
     
  3. Use the space in between slower notes to showcase your technical skills without losing a sense of melody

Now you know one reliable way to make your guitar solos more melodic.

However, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Learn more ways to play killer solos by reading the tips in this article about how to play fast and melodic guitar solo licks.


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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