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An Introduction To Electric Guitar:

Where To Start With Soloing

The transition from strumming chords on an acoustic guitar to rocking out on an electric is actually a very simple one, yet it is made to seem more daunting then it is from the overwhelming amount of musical information found online regarding what new electric guitar players should be practicing.

I hear things like this all the time from new students; “there is so much information out there, and most of it contradicts itself, all I want to know is what am I supposed to practice to improve at the style of playing I like?”

If your a new, or improving electric guitar player and you can relate to the above statement then these series of FREE blog lessons are for you!

In this FREE blog lesson we will be taking a look at where new electric guitar players should be starting with soloing.

Today we will looking at where to start with learning to play solos and learn how to apply some of the previous learnt soloing techniques in creative contexts.

Phrasing

Phrasing is the life blood of guitar soloing, it gives guitar solos purpose and direction.

Its the fundamental soloing approach that differentiates a great sounding guitar solo, from an improvised guitar solo that sounds like the guitarist is wandering through scales and notes at random with no direction, plan or purpose.

Phrasing is the art of grouping relative notes together through the means of different licks that compliment the chord progression you are soloing over.

To become comfortable with phrasing in context, think of solo like talking. If a solo is a story then phrases are the sentences and paragraphs that make up that story.

Guitar Licks

We are going to look at some guitar licks in the 1st position of Am Pentatonic that can be played over an Am chord progression.

The first lick will be in the high strings ( e B G ), the second lick will be in the middle strings ( B G D ) and the third lick will be in the low strings ( D A E ).

Lick One

High string bending

Lick one starts with a bend on the G string at the 7th fret with the third finger, remember to assist your bend by using the supporting 2nd finger in the 6th fret and the 1st finger in the 5th and curve your fingers at the knuckle and distal joint so you can access the string easily with your finger tips.

Next bar the B and high e string at the 5th with your first finger and pick the B, high e string then the B again.

Next bend the B string at the 8th fret with your 4th finger. Remember to assist your bend by using the supporting 1st finger in the 5th fret, your 2nd finger in the 6th fret and your 3rd finger in the 7th fret. Curve your fingers at the knuckle and distal joint so you can access the string easily with your finger tips.

Once you have bent the B string at the 8th fret to pitch apply some vibrato.

Lick Two

Middle Strings Lick

Lick one starts with a bend on the G string at the 7th fret with the third finger, remember to assist your bend by using the supporting 2nd finger in the 6th fret and the 1st finger in the 5th and curve your fingers at the knuckle and distal joint so you can access the string easily with your finger tips.

After you bend the G at the 7th fret to pitch release it back down and pull off from your 3rd finger at the 7th fret on the G to the 1st finger at the 5th fret on the G.

Next play the D string at the 7th fret with your 3rd finger, then roll your 3rd finger by collapsing your distal joint to play the 7th fret on the G string with the print of your 3rd finger, then roll it back by curving your distal joint agin and play the 7th fret on the D string again.

Finish by playing the G string at the 5th fret with your first finger with some vibrato.

Lick Three

Low Strings Lick

Start by playing the D string at the 7th fret with your 3rd finger, then the D string at the 5th fret with your 1st finger. Next play the A string at the 7th fret with your 3rd, then the A string at the 5th fret with your 1st finger. After that play the low E at the 8th fret with your 4th finger then the 5th fret on the low E with your 1st finger. Finish by playing the 7th fret on the D string with your 3rd finger and some vibrato.

Next we will be taking a look at where to start with barre chords.

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