7 Ways to Play Lead Guitar with More Emotion

Learn seven techniques that can be applied immediately to you help make a guitar solo come across with a lot more feel and emotion... 

These techniques can include everything from; the tonality you choose for the solos key, the playing techniques used, the dynamics applied and even the variations that can be created with respect to the feel of the solos rhythm.

To help you become better at performing guitar solos with more emotion, I’ll not only provide you with a solo to study, but I’ll also breakdown several ideas to help you become better at playing guitar solos with more emotion on this episode of the Guitar Blog Insider…







- The 7 Ways to Play Guitar with More Emotion -

Starting from a place of emotion within you can be a great way to play more emotional music. Believe it of not, your state of mind will determine a lot with respect to how emotional your guitar solos will become. 

Think of emotionally charged experiences, amazing memories and times that stand out as highlights in your life - then tap into those overwhelming emotions. 

Doing this puts you in the "zone" to create a great deal more feeling in your musical performance, and from your musical ideas.

It kind of goes without saying that how loud or how soft you play makes a big impact on your listener. The more that you pay close attention to dynamics, the more your music will start having better emotional control. 

And, more control means better music that will relate to your listener in a more emotional way. 

Dynamics are all about how loud, or how soft your playing comes across during your solo. Therefore, the lesson to walk away with here is never go monotone. Have an ebb and flow to your sound. It will really help enhance what you play.

If you listen to musical parts that are performed by a horn player, you’ll notice that horn players have to take time to breathe. 

Even though guitar players don’t need to take a breath, it’s important that we take pause across our lines to help give the listener time to reflect. 

So, remember to "take pause" in a few select areas across a melody. It will make a big difference to how your listener relates to your music.

If you study jazz musicians, one of the techniques that you’ll pick-up off of a jazz player (very quickly), is that they tend to play “off-beat” in a lot of cases. 

They’ll use more dotted; quarters, and eighth-notes, and they'll tend to perform sixteenth note rhythms more syncopated. 

Jazz players will tend to perform parts quite off-time and around the beat, rather than on them. So, if you’d like to add a new rhythmic direction to your melodic flow, doing this technique of playing “off the beat” is a fantastic performance skill that will start adding a lot more emotion to your overall guitar soloing and to your playing style in general.

When a chord is in play, it can be very powerful to work toward directing your melodic lines into that individual chords constructed tones. 

These tones can include the chords; root, or its third, or the chords fifth chord tone. And, once you begin doing this, it will make a huge difference to how connected your melodic lines will work when interacting with everything that relates back to the underlying harmony. 

This is a very powerful skill to learn to use as a soloist when you want to create more emotion in your guitar solos.

The use of phrasing devices like; slides, bends, hammer-ons, pull-offs and vibrato will go a very long way when it comes to making a guitar solo sound more human. 

More often than not, the thing that a seasoned guitarist notices very quickly about an inexperienced guitar player, is that the inexperienced guitarist tends to play solos that sound kind of robotic and almost mechanical. 

Once you start to add phrasing devices, a lot will change with the way the solo comes across to the listener. A solo with nice phrasing tools will start to flow in a far more connected /human sounding way.

The last point I want to make has to do with your equipment. It is really common for a player to get inspired by new gear. 

This goes for whether you’ve purchased or rented a new; amp, a new guitar, some new piece of recording equipment, or perhaps a new effects pedal (of some kind). New stuff, brings on a creative zone that inspires and motivates.

New music gear will almost always translate to a serious source of inspiration. And, when you’re inspired, your playing will tend to come across as more emotional as well.

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Thanks again and we'll catch up next week, for another episode of the, "Guitar Blog Insider."



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