How To Play Guitar Solos That Reach Out And Grab People With The First Note

by Tom Hess


Wouldn’t it be cool if you were able to play just one note and immediately grab the attention of anyone listening to pull them into your guitar solos?

Of course!

Good news:

This skill isn't hard to master and it’s fun to practice too!

So, where is the best place to start?

The very first note of your guitar solo.

Think about it:

So many of the great guitar solos you’ve heard seem to have a way of hooking you from the very first note.

Learning to develop this skill doesn’t just make the first note of your solos sound great…

…it also gives you the power to make more and more notes sound great until your solos sound amazing every time you pick up your instrument.

Here are some steps to practice making notes sound truly awe-inspiring:

1. Use the tips in this video:



2. Next, listen to several of your favorite guitar solos.

3. Learn to play the very first 5 notes or so of each one.

4. Observe what makes the first note of these segments sound great and apply it in the next step.

5. Create 5-10 variations of these short segments by altering the very first note as demonstrated in the video above.

Bonus: While playing any given note, it has a different emotional feeling depending on the the chords it is being played over.

Watch this video to learn how to express different feelings on guitar using only one note by changing the chords underneath it:



Want to learn more ways to practice lead guitar so your solos sound great? Get started developing pro-level soloing skills by reading this guitar phrasing article.


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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