Hi guys! Here's a question for all you who like playing solos, think you can play solos, and really can play solos xP
I have played guitar for about 2-2,5 years now, and during this time I have recorded (amateur home recording) quite a few songs. Thus, I've had a lot of practice at riffing and playing all parts of a song. Except solos. Solos have always been my weak side, as I seldom think they sound good, and therefore seldom play them. This has resulted in a negative spiral: less soloing means less practice, which means less good solos, which means that I want to play fewer solos, which means less soloing. However solos is a big part of the music I play, and it keeps bugging me that I cannot put solos in my songs, although I have the perfect spot for them :S
I have tried to play solos for as long as I have played guitar, but they never sound like solos IMO, and neither do they sound good. I cannot figure out why though, as I am completely satisfied with my riffs and they can often be sort of "solo-ish" :S
I have given this matter some thought, and I will try to distill them down into a few "facts".
1. I have no idea if some scales and modes are more useful for soloing than others.
2. I have no idea if you should/can change scale/mode as the chord progression progresses.
3. I seem to stick to the same note patterns all the time, and those are linked/locked to my fingering of the scales. Should I try to alter my fingering, or stick to the "classic" fingering? (With classic I mean the fingering that lets you run two and a half octaves across the neck at a width of just 4-6 frets).
4. I find it hard to come up with melodies that sound like solos, despite the fact that most of my riffing have some sort of melody (sometimes quite complex melodies too) in them... What distinguishes a solo melody from riff melodies (if there are any hard and fast rules regarding this at all)?
I also have a few questions that I cannot find answers to:
1. How do most people write solos? Why do they choose to play what they play at each specific part of the solo?
2. Do people usually write the solos first and then write the chords to them, or the other way around?
3. Is it an advantage to know a lot/some theory? Will it have a bigger impact if you write either the solo or the chords first?
4. Many solos that I listen to incorporate techniques such as bending, heavy vibrato, arpeggios and shredding (standard metal solos I would say). If you learn these properly will your playing automatically sound more like a solo.
5. Are there some particular intervals that are more or less common in solos? Cause I always hear myself play the same boring intervals over and over again, and I don't hear that in the solos I listen to. Also, do most solos follow the diatonic scale/the notes in the scale, or do they incorporate a lot out notes that isn't part of the scale?
This is a compressed version of my thoughts. Sorry for the wall of text. :S
Any thoughts on my thoughts, all tips and tricks, any kind of help of advice, etc, are all very welcome! I thank you in advance!
Stop overthinking it and just play.