The #1 Secret To Improvising Breathtaking Guitar Solos

by Tom Hess



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If you were to ask me:

“Tom Hess, what’s the #1 secret to improvising awesome guitar solos?”

I’d tell you to STOP learning chords, licks and scales for awhile…

..and instead “bulk up” the lagging musical “muscle” most guitarists neglect to the point of atrophy.

What is this “muscle”?

Your musical ear.

Few musicians ever train their ear the way it ought to be trained for great improvising.

(Even those who practice identifying intervals, scales and chords with ear training apps.)

And that's why they rarely feel happy about thier improvising. 

But fear not:

You’re about to discover simple ear training tricks that make your improvising sound a lot better quickly.

To begin, watch the ear training video below:



Now that you know the basics, let’s go deeper.

Check out these 4 ear training tips that help you create breathtaking guitar solos:


Guitar Improvising Tip #1: Turn Your Musical Ear Into A “Phrasing Gauge”


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What’s more important in a guitar solo than the way it makes you feel? Is there anything? Thought so.

And what determines how you feel about a solo is…

…phrasing.

(Phrasing means “how” you play the notes.)

Great improvisers use their ears as a “phrasing gauge” to tell when their phrasing is great and when it isn’t (and make appropriate adjustments to make it great).

This process is called “refinement”.

Watch this video where I walk through this process in detail:



Guitar Improvising Tip #2: Remember The Feeling Of Each Note You Play

You already know how important phrasing is to a great guitar solo. But does that mean note choice is unimportant?

Heck no!

And the best way to choose the right notes is to know what emotions each note creates.

It’s easier than you think. Watch this video where I explain how to do it in detail:



Guitar Improvising Tip #3: Train Your Ear To “Like” Non-Chord Tones

Playing only chord tones all the time sounds nice… but gets pretty boring pretty fast. So, what is the solution?

Answer:

Training your ear to love the sound of non-chord tones.

The key to this is (surprise!): good phrasing.

Here is how to train your ear (and your phrasing) to make non-chord tones sound awesome in your guitar solos and improvisations:



Guitar Improvising Tip #4: Train Your Ear To Use Rhythm Creatively In Your Guitar Solos

Most guitar players rely on the possibility of playing more notes to add interest to their solos.

That’s good as far as it goes…

…but what if we stripped away the pitches of your solo and only listened to its rhythm?

How interesting would your solo sound then?

Great improvisers listen to the rhythm of their licks and find ways to make it as interesting as the pitches they play.

You can do this in 2 ways:

- take a single guitar lick and vary its rhythm as much as you can (keep the pitches the same).

- use rubato to create rhythmic tension in your solo. Suddenly speed up or slow down as you play not in strict time. This lead guitar rubato video shows how.


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You now know the #1 secret to playing (and improvising) breathtaking lead guitar solos. The next step is to polish your guitar licks and squeeze more fire & emotion from each note. I show you how in my free lead guitar eGuide: “The Secret To Adding Fire & Emotion To Any Guitar Lick”. Download it today and start playing guitar licks & solos you’ll feel proud to call your own.


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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