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Learn To Solo: Part 1 - The Basics

Igor Stermsek (363) · [archive]
Style: Basics · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 80
Pages: 1 2 3

I found an excellent book on soloing, and I want to share it with you. All the music examples in this lesson are from that book.

The first thing to learn when playing solos is a scale. We will use the "A minor pentatonic" scale, which is very common and very simple to learn.

To start with, play the below sequence slowly, just using down-strokes. This is when you hit the string by moving your pick down towards the ground.

As you become more confident, speed it up, and catch the strings with your pick as it returns to its original position. This is called an up-stroke.

By using both up and down-strokes, you can achieve the kind of speeds you hear professional guitarists achieve.
Learn To Solo: Part 1 - The Basics