How to Practice Solos for Advanced Musical Growth

Are you getting tired of playing lead and practicing guitar soloing in the same way all the time? Sick of using the plain old Pentatonic scale day in - day out? Are you feeling bored with what you end up playing? ...Expanding how you practice guitar soloing is just as important as the subjects and exercises that you choose to work on...

One of the cool things about running a guitar education web-site is hearing from so many different students and getting a chance to discuss with them what types of problems they face, as they study guitar.

Something that comes up time after time is helping students realize that “how you practice something” is just as important as the subjects and exercises that you choose to work on.

And, there’s nothing more popular for guitar players to work on than playing and composing melody. In this episode we’re going to study how to tie melodic ideas directly into the chords being used in a progression.


The chord progression below will be our primary line of thought used for the example solos within this lesson plan.

Key of "A Minor"

There are a lot of ways that guitar players can approach trying to organize a melody over a group of chord changes like the one shown above. 

We can solo into the basic key center approach and not be too overly concerned about rhythm. It’s the easiest process, because once we determine the key of our progression, all we need to do is just solo in that key.

In our case, the key is “A Minor,” so we could just grab the notes of an, “A Minor” pentatonic. There’s no need to really place much consideration on the notes, or how we apply rhythm content. 

We can just jam around in almost any way we want - and come up with a lead guitar part that works decent enough…

Let me give you an example of how this “Basic” Pentatonic and “Simple” rhythm approach would sound across our key of “A min.” chord progression…

Example 1).

As you can tell, the example one basic /simple Pentatonic approach (without much concern for rhythm structure), does work. But, there’s another method that’s better.

It’s a little more advanced because it takes the approach a few-steps further.

More advanced soloing practice methods will isolate chord tones for each chord used in every measure. The advanced idea uses intervals (to more closely relate to each chords harmony - chord by chord - in a way that can produce incredibly solid melody lines).

Plus, this more advanced lead guitar method also takes into account a more elaborate use of rhythm, by incorporating more syncopation and a wider assortment of note duration types.

Example two (below) is a demonstration of how a more advanced melody approach for playing solos, could be applied over those key of “A Minor” chord changes…

Example 2).

As you can tell, the solo becomes more advanced sounding when we think more in the way of intervals (rather than just using the common Pentatonic scale). 

And, (if you couple with that with), paying closer attention to the types of rhythms that could be applied when soloing, you’ll wind up with an end result of creating lead guitar phrases that not only sound more advanced.

The best part is that your soloing will also relate much better to each chord being used in your song’s guitar solo.

If you’d like to learn more about topics like this one and many others, join my members site as a free member and start looking through my, “Guitar Soloing” course.

There’s a ton of great examples showing all kinds of more advanced soloing ideas in that course. Once you start study in the course it will work great to help introduce you to many of the most important guitar soloing concepts used in all kinds of musical situations and styles.

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