Can't Build a GUITAR SOLO with Scales? Just Do THIS !!

Are you one of those guitar players who just can’t build a decent guitar solo no matter how hard you try or how often, (or how much), you practice all your scales? In this lesson, I’m going to show you the "template system," for soloing and I'll give you the specific pattern approach that will help you to fix this problem in your guitar playing...

More importantly, in this lesson I'm going to give you an exercise for organizing note patterns on the neck that will make the best notes grow from your playing and your choice of notes sound better than anything else that you’ve EVER tried.

The key to learning how to play a solo is all about making sure that you are activating the best notes and not getting over-loaded by too many "weak" note choices.

Some of the limitations of the full in position scale patterns are known to be inhibiting the best note activation's that you are seeking.This approach eliminates weak tones from the whole equation, leaving you with the absolute best notes for your solo.


Not being able to build a good guitar solo is not a problem, because over the years I’ve seen a lot of guitar players who have struggled with trying to start off into the world of guitar soloing by using the large full fret-board size - scale patterns.

When using that approach guitar students will almost always meet with a lot of frustration, and very limited results. So, what if I told you there was a better way to learn to solo that offers a solution which is directly related to the key that you’re soloing in and it also relates to the exact chord that you’re going to solo over.

I’m serious there is a solution that does both of these and it is very easy to learn... This solution is focused upon the basic rules of harmony, combined with simple 3-note chords that relate to the harmony.

I’m going to show you this in the key of “C Major,” and build this idea on the guitar based from that key. Then, we’ll apply the idea to a real chord progression. After that, we’ll use this method to create a simple guitar solo...

Stick with me to the end, because you’re going to get a lot out of this lesson!

Key of “C” Harmonized into small 3-note triads: 

Play each shape that is shown below, (there are 8), in order.

Now that you have an understanding for the way a key can be harmonized into triads, (and you’ve also got a great collection of small three note shapes on the neck), this information can be combined to form a direct connection to the chords being used within a jam track.

The next thing that we’re going to do is establish a chord progression based out of the key we had just harmonized, (“C” Major).

After that, we’ll use our triad shapes (from the harmony we just made), to outline each measure and create a simple melodic guitar solo – that anyone can play.

Chord Progression Example:
Learn to play through the chord changes below. Use the small 3-note triads above to link each chord from the above in-key harmony chord list to the chords that are used within the progression below.

Guitar solo example:
Learn to play the guitar solo shown in the YouTube video at [09:19].

The TAB is given below.

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The melody above was created using the, "C, F, Dm, C," (3-note triad), chord templates. These templates offer the musician an absolute best selection of notes on each chord as the measures pass by.

The result is a strong melody that directly links to each chord.


I wanted to take a moment to let you know, that if you have an interest in expanding your playing knowledge even further, then I have a great offer.

With any donation over $5, or any merchandise purchase from either my Tee-Spring, or my Zazzle store, I’ll send you a free copy of THREE of my most popular digital handouts.

One is called, “Harmonized Arpeggio Drills” (it’ll train you on developing your diatonic arpeggios).

Another one is my “Barre Chord” handout which includes a page showing all the key signatures along with a chord progression that applies barre chords.

Plus, you’ll get my Notation Pack! It has 8 pages of important guitar worksheets for notating anything related to; music charts, guitar chord diagrams, and TAB.

Just send me an email off of the contact page of to let me know about either your donation or your Merchandise purchase and I’ll email you those digital handouts within 24 hrs.


Let’s review what we’ve done so far. We built a harmony from within the key of “C Major.” We took that harmony and established a chord progression from it, setting up the chords of; “C maj., to an F maj., and then to a D min., and headed back to the, “C maj.”

After establishing our chord progression, we then used the small 3-note triad chords to create a melodic solo. But, what I want to end with is the overall result that we have to be able move onward with from there.

Which is pretty cool. Because from the total collection of those triad shapes what we really produced is a "perfect scale template," that’s locked into our key and it also has a strong connection to each chord in our progression. Let me break this all down for you.

The Perfect Scale Template:
 Learn the play the template shown below. It is the "total" collection of all of the triad chords that relate to the chord patterns of our progression.

The idea behind using this system is based upon amalgamating all of the related triads and in the end, forming a "super shape" that targets the principle tones found throughout the entire harmony.

The end result is a pattern on the neck that populates the very best tones for soloing over the progression with. The sound options become fantastic and your note selections end up sounding really well connected to every chord.



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