How to Create a Blues Guitar Solo
Just put the right elements together,
and you can create a great blues guitar solo!
- There are a lot of different types of
guitar solos – those which seem to
go on forever, those which are only
as long as a Verse, or those which are very
short(4 to 8 measures long). Guitar
Solos can be melodic, moody, or flashy,
- You will try to make use of some
or all of the guitar techniques that you’ve
learned up to now. Slides, bends, vibratos, runs,
repeated notes. etc…
- Think about the shape of the guitar solo.
The shape is formed by changes in volume,
intensity(repeated ideas or
notes), range(pitch of the
notes), tension(repeated ideas),
release(use of half or whole notes), or texture(single
to double notes).
- Following is an E blues solo which I created
for you. Listen to it, read about it, practice
it, then try to create your own
guitar solo using similar elements.
Elements of the solo
|1. The guitar solo starts with a repeated idea(builds
2. Then a small lick ending with a release(long note)
|4. Solo ends with repeated double notes
into a pull-off lick
|3. The repeated idea and small lick are repeated|
E Blues Guitar Solo
Listen closely to the guitar solo
Practice it! If necessary, practice 1 or 2 measures at a time
Practice it with the metronome starting at around 60. Move
up 4 to 5 clicks every couple of days.
Try to put your own licks, runs, and ideas together to create
your own dream guitar solo!