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July 6, 2013

Soloing Runs and Repeated Ideas

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Written by: Mike Abbott

Make your guitar soloing more believable by
using runs and ideas!

Your guitar soloing will sound boring and aimless
if you just string a bunch of guitar licks together. If you combine
runs and ideas with a careful choice of licks, your guitar
soloing will sound more exciting and interesting.A "RUN"
is a part of a guitar scale played in an upward or downward direction.


Here is an ascending run from the E Blues Scale:

See an example of a run for guitar soloing

Try this run with alternating picking, hammer-ons,
or a combination of both
. Then try a downward run and play it
picked, with alternating picking, pull-offs, or a combination
of both.

What is a hammer-on?

An "Idea" is 2-3 notes that repeat and add
tension to your guitar soloing.

Repeat ideas as many times as you want to. The more
times that you repeat it the more tension you create in your solo!


Here is an idea for guitar soloing


Here is another idea for guitar soloing

  • Practice the runs and ideas first without the metronome

  • Then practice each slowly using the metronome

  • Try making up your own runs and ideas from the E blues scale

  • Work on some spontaneous guitar soloing using the
    techniques you learned in this lesson

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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