As a beginner guitarist, it is normal to always be in awe whenever you watch other pro guitarists blaze through guitar solos with both ease and intensity. In this article, we’ll be showing you how to solo on the guitar for beginners.
Step 1 – Pick A Scale
Generally, a lot of solos are built with scales, and the scale you decide to use is dependent on the key of the song you are playing.
So, if the song you are playing to is composed on the key C or G major, you should use scales under the key of the song to create your solo. It could be the major scale, a pentatonic scale, or even a blues scale.
Step 2 – Listen To The Music
When soloing, you don’t just play any notes or run any scale that you like. Being a beginner who isn’t used to soloing yet, take some time and listen to the music and so you can pick out the prominent notes in the song.
One small tip for this step is to always start with the root note of the song. This would always sound good on your solo, it should also be the most emphasized note in your solo.
So, from your root note, you can then move on to other notes that correspond with the music you are playing to.
Step 4 – Playing Your Solo
This, of course, is the final step, the point everything you have been doing has been leading up to. Once you have listened to the music and have gotten all the notes, and tones in your head, strike those strings with everything that you got.
The intensity of a solo isn’t only in the notes played but the emotion and attitude put into it. When necessary, make a note last longer, other times, make the note short, at some point, create short breaks between the notes.
All these are what make up a great solo – knowing when to do what. One other thing involved in playing your solo is the timing used in the song you are playing to. Be sure that you are hitting the notes and flowing at the same speed and timing with the track.
One last thing, when you get the opportunity to perform in front of a crowd, resist the temptation to play every little thing you learned in your practice time. If it will not fit into the music being played seamlessly, do not play that solo.
if you follow the steps we have laid down here properly, you can always come up with a new solo right on the spot.
Conclusion — How To Solo On The Guitar For Beginners
With these few steps and tips, you should be able to create and play a simple solo on your own. However, the secret to getting better at soloing is to practice, the more you practice the better you get.
Practice will help you get used to the sounds of notes that within seconds of hearing a song, you can already come up with 3, 4 or even 5 solo runs.
As an addition to the steps we have laid down in this article, we leave you with a video that has a few hacks for soloing on any key you find yourself playing as a beginner.