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Your first blues solo

Wednesday 21st September 2011 Knowledge Base

It's a scary thing, but we all have to face it at some time. You're jamming with friends, just taking it easy, when someone goes... "Hey, go on, take a solo!" Oh noooooo! Don't panic, though. We're here to help, and it doesn't have to be too scary. We'd all love to be Guthrie Govan, but that takes time, and even Guthrie had to start with the basics. Most people start off with the minor pentatonic scale. Here's the start of 'Red Onions' from our Jambusters series. The scale being used here is the E minor pentatonic (E G A B D) and this is such a simple line, but it's melodic...

For the full track check out our Jambusters Series 1 

Also in the spirit of keeping things simple, don't be afraid to think rhythmically... instead of playing all the notes in the scale, try and do as much as possible with every short phrase. Vary the rhythms, play long notes and short notes... squeeze as much as you can out of those notes! Here's a line from the Billy Gibbons style solo in our Total Blues series...

For the full track check out our Total Blues Series 2 

Remember, there are loads of ways of getting more variety from a simple lick. Use hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides and bends. If you play the same note on two different strings, you'll get a different tone, and you can vary the tone by picking closer to the bridge or closer to the neck. Be creative! Here's 'Strut Blues' from Jambusters, showing some of these ideas on a simple E minor pentatonic line...

For the full track check out our Jambusters Series 2 

Above all, don't try to be too clever at first. The main thing is to have fun and make the music FEEL good. Don't be afraid to take a simple line and play it like you want to kill it! Here's the Hendrix style solo from our Rock Blues package...

For the full track check out our Rock Blues Series

Your first blues solo

Wednesday 21st September 2011 Knowledge Base

It's a scary thing, but we all have to face it at some time. You're jamming with friends, just taking it easy, when someone goes... "Hey, go on, take a solo!" Oh noooooo! Don't panic, though. We're here to help, and it doesn't have to be too scary. We'd all love to be Guthrie Govan, but that takes time, and even Guthrie had to start with the basics. Most people start off with the minor pentatonic scale. Here's the start of 'Red Onions' from our Jambusters series. The scale being used here is the E minor pentatonic (E G A B D) and this is such a simple line, but it's melodic...

For the full track check out our Jambusters Series 1 

Also in the spirit of keeping things simple, don't be afraid to think rhythmically... instead of playing all the notes in the scale, try and do as much as possible with every short phrase. Vary the rhythms, play long notes and short notes... squeeze as much as you can out of those notes! Here's a line from the Billy Gibbons style solo in our Total Blues series...

For the full track check out our Total Blues Series 2 

Remember, there are loads of ways of getting more variety from a simple lick. Use hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides and bends. If you play the same note on two different strings, you'll get a different tone, and you can vary the tone by picking closer to the bridge or closer to the neck. Be creative! Here's 'Strut Blues' from Jambusters, showing some of these ideas on a simple E minor pentatonic line...

For the full track check out our Jambusters Series 2 

Above all, don't try to be too clever at first. The main thing is to have fun and make the music FEEL good. Don't be afraid to take a simple line and play it like you want to kill it! Here's the Hendrix style solo from our Rock Blues package...

For the full track check out our Rock Blues Series

Your first blues solo

Wednesday 21st September 2011 Knowledge Base

It's a scary thing, but we all have to face it at some time. You're jamming with friends, just taking it easy, when someone goes... "Hey, go on, take a solo!" Oh noooooo! Don't panic, though. We're here to help, and it doesn't have to be too scary. We'd all love to be Guthrie Govan, but that takes time, and even Guthrie had to start with the basics. Most people start off with the minor pentatonic scale. Here's the start of 'Red Onions' from our Jambusters series. The scale being used here is the E minor pentatonic (E G A B D) and this is such a simple line, but it's melodic...

For the full track check out our Jambusters Series 1 

Also in the spirit of keeping things simple, don't be afraid to think rhythmically... instead of playing all the notes in the scale, try and do as much as possible with every short phrase. Vary the rhythms, play long notes and short notes... squeeze as much as you can out of those notes! Here's a line from the Billy Gibbons style solo in our Total Blues series...

For the full track check out our Total Blues Series 2 

Remember, there are loads of ways of getting more variety from a simple lick. Use hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides and bends. If you play the same note on two different strings, you'll get a different tone, and you can vary the tone by picking closer to the bridge or closer to the neck. Be creative! Here's 'Strut Blues' from Jambusters, showing some of these ideas on a simple E minor pentatonic line...

For the full track check out our Jambusters Series 2 

Above all, don't try to be too clever at first. The main thing is to have fun and make the music FEEL good. Don't be afraid to take a simple line and play it like you want to kill it! Here's the Hendrix style solo from our Rock Blues package...

For the full track check out our Rock Blues Series

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