In the new band I'm playing with (more on that later!) one of the rules we've established is that all solos are written out and notated rather than improvised, and although it was weird at first given that I'm used to playing solos totally off the cuff, I've actually really enjoyed doing it this way as it's forced me to explore some new ideas rather than just playing all my usual stuff.
Does anyone who approaches solos like this have any particular methods they use for putting them together? Curious to see how everyone else goes about it...
Well for myself I mostly attack in by improvising first. I've already done all my homework as far as learning what tones to hit over chords, what scales to use, blah,blah,blah so I just start out with improvising.
I have myself connected to my recording program which has the progression I'm going to be playing over on it. I then start improvising until I get a beginning part that I like. I then save that part, learn it and continue to improve from that point to get what I want for the next part. I continue until I have a solo exactly the way I want it.
The other way I have attacked it was to just imagine the solo in my head and then duplicate it on the guitar. I do it much in the same manner as I described above. I also imagine myself in an audience watching a full band playing what I wrote so I can get a little different viewpoint on what I came up with. A little odd I know but it works pretty well!
I can't wait to get some of the other things I'm currently working on so I can get back to actually creating some music. It seems like ages since I had time to work on my own material. Anyways there is a couple things you may try.