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October 28, 2013

Create a blues guitar solo

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Written by: Mike Abbott

How to Create a Blues Guitar Solo

Just put the right elements together,
and you can create a great blues guitar solo!

  1. 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
    (4 to 8 measures long). Guitar
    Solos can be melodic, moody, or flashy,
  2. 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…
  3. 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),
    (use of half or whole notes), or texture(single
    to double notes).
  4. 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


Learn to play an blues guitar solo in E

  • 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!

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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