Most, if not all, aspiring guitarists wants to be on center stage and own it for a moment in time. The successful ones who made this dream come true can be seen on concerts, mesmerizing the entire crowd with his powerful performance doing a guitar solo. How did they do that? Here are some tips.
Almost all styles of music involve guitar soloing. If you are really prepared and determined, playing guitar solos in the rock, blues, jazz and even classical genres can be very wonderful and memorable.
Studying some of the basics could greatly help one learn guitar solo correctly. First, practice the different scales, blues, pentatonic, major, minor, etc. The more comfortable you are with these scales the better your chances are of successfully doing a solo. Incorporate scales to solos. Most solos are merely basic scales that are manipulated and combined with other scales. Practice the scale forwards and backwards, using alternate picking. Expand horizons by trying different ways of playing the scales.
Techniques like vibrato help inject new life and emotion to soloing. Usually, guitarists apply vibrato immediately to a note. But you don’t need to be limited by this. You can apply it immediately or delay it a little bit. This will help in adding significant quality to guitar solos. For uniqueness, you can also play arpeggios and scales with the double-picking style.
As the saying goes, “It’s not what you play but how you play it.” To learn guitar solo, improvisation comes in handy too. There are ways to approach improvisation: the vertical approach and the horizontal approach.
To play in the horizontal approach, you should play according to the current scale. And if you want to play in the vertical approach, play according to the current chord.
Having and maintaining daily practice and by learning as many licks as one can in every practice is also essential to one who wants to learn guitar solo. Include renowned tabs played by guitar masters for they could help in improving one’s guitar playing skills. Continuously improve by listening to other solos and studying their styles and thinking of other ways to improve quality. Use a melodic solo in the song. Using modes including the Aeolian, Mixolydian and Dorian are helpful too. These modes have different starting notes, but contain the same notes as the key signature; the result is a great sound, as all of the notes fit into the song melodically.
George Benson and Kenny G: The Breezin and Breathless Tour
Classic rock standouts Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs will share the stage in Muriel Kauffman Theatre on Saturday, June 17. Tickets for the event range from $59 to $139, and go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday, March 24. Tickets will be available through the Kauffman Center Box Office at (816) 994-7222, via the Kauffman Center mobile app, or online at www.kauffmancenter.org.
Distinctive and soulful, Michael McDonald’s voice is one of the most yearningly emotive instruments of our times. From ‘70s-era Doobie Brothers classics such as “What A Fool Believes” and solo hits like “I Keep Forgettin’,” through two highly-acclaimed Motown albums, genre-busting guest spots and innovative concept shows, the five-time GRAMMY Award-winning McDonald is both timeless and ever-evolving.
Boz Scaggs’ remarkable career dates back to the late 1960s, when he sang with the Steve Miller Band. Scaggs brought a characteristically deft touch as a singer to solo triumphs including such classic albums as Silk Degrees (1976) and Middle Man (1980), and late-period high points like Some Change (1994) and Dig (2001). His hits include “Lowdown” and “Lido Shuffle.” Scaggs’ most recent album, A Fool to Care, came out in 2015.
This event is part of the 2016-17 Kauffman Center Presents series.