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April 18, 2013

Easy Guitar Solo Lesson

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Written by: Mike Abbott

In this guitar lesson, not only
will you learn about the concept of soloing, but you will
learn a great guitar scale which you will use in soloing.

Think of soloing as snowboarding,
pool skating, rollerblading
, or ski
. In a split second, you use moves and
tricks to create your own unique style.

The idea of soloing or improvising
began with composing. Composing is to
form musical phrases (similar to sentences) into a melody
that is pleasing to the ear. Soloing is just composing on
the spot, spontaneously.

Composing music and writing a short
story are almost the same process except one uses musical
note phrases and the other word phrases. A good
composition (song) as well as a good solo should tell a

Some of the best story tellers were
and are blues musicians. Rock guitar heroes like
Jimmy Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and Eric Clapton
and borrowed from the blues masters Buddy Guy, Muddy
Waters, Albert King, and Robert Johnson to name a few.


A Scale is a
series of notes between 5 and 12 notes long. Scales are
used for:

  1. Guitar Solos
  2. Developing finger
    coordination, speed, and accuracy
  3. Writing melodies(Songwriting)

It is possible to play the same
scale in many different places on the guitar fingerboard.
I will refer to this as playing in a position(1st
position, 4th position etc…)

Usually, when practicing scales, we
play the scale from the lowest note to the highest note.

The E Blues Scale

This is the first scale you will
learn on this site. It is a great scale to start
soloing with because it gives you many more choices for
cool and easy guitar licks and guitar techniques than
other open position scales. You will learn to play all of
the beginning to intermediate guitar techniques (bends,
vibrato, etc..)with the notes of the E Blues scale.


This is the E Blues guitar scale notated in a guitar chord grid Can’t read this notation? Go to guitar notation

  • Practice the E blues
    scale slowly at first
  • Pick the string at the
    same time that you put your finger on the fret
  • Practice with the
    metronome somewhere between 40 and 60
  • Try increasing your
    speed by 5 every few days
  • Try alternating
    picking or hammer-ons and pull-offs

About the Author

Mike Abbott
Mike is a pro guitarist and music educator.  He has performed with such diverse acts as the Rolling Stones Horns, Sammy Davis Jr., and Burt Bacharach.   After spending much of his music career in New York City, He now is a very busy guitarist in the Denver area, performing and teaching extensively. Mike's latest work is a book, The Guitar and Amp Sourcebook, published by Harper Collins and released in December 2012.



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