Solos/scales related question

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jasim.hd

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Joined: 02/10/17

Posts: 82

Hello, everybody. It's been long since I asked you guys a question. :D

To keep things short, I'm writing song now, a small project of mine, where I'm both rhythm and lead for simple rock band, nothing fancy nothing major.

My question is when writing a solo: I find myself always referring back to pentatonic scale while writing solos, in other cases major or minor natural scales. Are there any other scales I should use?

Bonus question: do you have any tips for me on writing solos?

I really would appreciate your insight on this.


Thank you. :)

#1

Hello, everybody. It's been long since I asked you guys a question. :D

To keep things short, I'm writing song now, a small project of mine, where I'm both rhythm and lead for simple rock band, nothing fancy nothing major.

My question is when writing a solo: I find myself always referring back to pentatonic scale while writing solos, in other cases major or minor natural scales. Are there any other scales I should use?

Bonus question: do you have any tips for me on writing solos?

I really would appreciate your insight on this.


Thank you. :)

ChristopherSchlegel

Guitar Tricks Instructor

Joined: 08/09/05

Posts: 5558

Hey, Jasim! Hope you are well. Sounds like a fun project you are working on.

Originally Posted by: jasim.hd

My question is when writing a solo: I find myself always referring back to pentatonic scale while writing solos, in other cases major or minor natural scales. Are there any other scales I should use?

Major & minor diatonic & pentatonic cover most of what you need to use to play melodies & solos.

I've done a lot of tutorials on learning to improvise. The basic idea is to find the key, target chord tones of the chord progression & create a melody.

After you learn the basics, then the most important thing to do is to build a repertoire of licks & tricks that you can use to have a vocabulary of things to play.

Originally Posted by: jasim.hd
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Bonus question: do you have any tips for me on writing solos?

Work through these tutorials.

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=876

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=483

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=491

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=2318

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=2329

And read this blog post.

https://www.guitartricks.com/blog/how-to-play-a-guitar-solo

Hope this helps! Have fun!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

#2

Hey, Jasim! Hope you are well. Sounds like a fun project you are working on.

Originally Posted by: jasim.hd

My question is when writing a solo: I find myself always referring back to pentatonic scale while writing solos, in other cases major or minor natural scales. Are there any other scales I should use?

Major & minor diatonic & pentatonic cover most of what you need to use to play melodies & solos.

I've done a lot of tutorials on learning to improvise. The basic idea is to find the key, target chord tones of the chord progression & create a melody.

After you learn the basics, then the most important thing to do is to build a repertoire of licks & tricks that you can use to have a vocabulary of things to play.

Originally Posted by: jasim.hd
[/p]

Bonus question: do you have any tips for me on writing solos?

Work through these tutorials.

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=876

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=483

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=491

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=2318

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=2329

And read this blog post.

https://www.guitartricks.com/blog/how-to-play-a-guitar-solo

Hope this helps! Have fun!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

jasim.hd

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Joined: 02/10/17

Posts: 82

Chris, I swear you're the best person on the face of Earth, I swear!

It is a fun project, I can't even begin to describe the happiness while I'm recording, and now I have even more reasons to get better and better.

Good news is, I am doing more or less what you're saying, although sometimes I find a bit tricky to find the key, especially it's random strumming but eventually turn into a nice tune.

I'll check all those links you've posted, and of course the rest of your lessons.

Thank you, thank you, and thank you forever and after man.

#3

Chris, I swear you're the best person on the face of Earth, I swear!

It is a fun project, I can't even begin to describe the happiness while I'm recording, and now I have even more reasons to get better and better.

Good news is, I am doing more or less what you're saying, although sometimes I find a bit tricky to find the key, especially it's random strumming but eventually turn into a nice tune.

I'll check all those links you've posted, and of course the rest of your lessons.

Thank you, thank you, and thank you forever and after man.

ChristopherSchlegel

Guitar Tricks Instructor

Joined: 08/09/05

Posts: 5558

Glad I was able to point you in the right direction!

Originally Posted by: jasim.hd
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It is a fun project, I can't even begin to describe the happiness while I'm recording, and now I have even more reasons to get better and better.

That's great!

Those tutorials will help you identify the key signature. And when you find a chord that doesn't fit, there are lessons on how to handle that situation.

You're welcome for the links. Have a great time playing guitar!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

#4

Glad I was able to point you in the right direction!

Originally Posted by: jasim.hd
[/p]

It is a fun project, I can't even begin to describe the happiness while I'm recording, and now I have even more reasons to get better and better.

That's great!

Those tutorials will help you identify the key signature. And when you find a chord that doesn't fit, there are lessons on how to handle that situation.

You're welcome for the links. Have a great time playing guitar!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory