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The art of Rhythm and Soloing - Part 2_Theory and Improvision

by Topgunner581

4 Aug 2008
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The art of rhythm and soloing - Part 2_Theory and Improvision

Welcome back. In the lesson before we talked about keeping a blues rhythm. The blues rhythm started slow and evolved into rock and roll. Because of that, the blues rhythm and blues scales are very common in a lot of songs. As my lessons progress you'll begin to see how the blues scales and rhythms fit into our music.

Lets talk theory. First off, your audiance is stupid... they haven't heard your style before. If you mess up they won't know, and therefore improving is not a problem!!!

Here is a band that uses the blues in almost every song but they change how the sound goes in each one.

In the vidio of June Jam you can see it's all Improvised. I'll skip all the boring stuff and get you started on the solos.

You heard me mention the blues scale... and how it's comon in licks and solos. Well its also one of the easiest to learn too.

This is in key of A

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

In the near future i will have a vidio of me playing a blues rhythm so that you can practice soloing whenever you want... it's extremly hard to practice soloing without other music. I went from horrible to great at soloing while playing with friends in a band. Playing with friends and handing off solos and licks is great practice and it boosts morale.

Improvising is makeing a solo that fits inbetween verses or spaces that need excitement. With a good band you can make a solo last forever and idealy (Depending on your ego) your band with start back on the verses or whatever without a hitch.

Think of a solo as a graph. It starts slow and gradually gains intensity as it grows. At the end it should calm down just a bit to let the band know that your ending.

Solos also have little tricks in them... solos arn't strait notes. Here are five easy tricks to try to advance your solos.

1) Hammer-ons pick the string once and tap the next fret u want on the same string. if done correctly it will end on the same note with almost the same volume as when u plucked it.

2) Pull-offs these are much harder than hammer-ons for beginners. you start on a fret and as you pull off that finger you pluck the string with the same finger playing the next note. (it helps to have your other finger already on the next note)

3) Slides This is when you want a nice sweet sound or if you want a hardcore fill in a solo. Slides are great in a major pentatonic when you want a sweet tone. Hardcore fills usually mean sliding from one octive of a note back down to the note you want to play.

4) Bends This is simple. After you play a note... bend the string.

5) Repatition If you have a nice riff, repeat it over and over. if it sounds cool then the crowd will cheer... even if you repeat it twenty times over.

e[----5h7------------------------------ -Thats a hammer-on in tablature
B[----------5/7 7\5-------------------- -Thats a slide... if the line slides up going left to
G[------------------------------------- right then slide up, and vise-versa
D[-------14\2-------------------------- -thats an example of a hardcore slide
A[-------------5-7b-------------------- -B is for bend
E[----------5-7-8--5-7-8-5-7-8-5-7-8-ect.-thats repatition (by the way i wouldn't use that riff in a solo... example purposes only)

I won't shove too much down your throught today but i'll leave you with that.



I don't see how this is intermediate...


This isn't even close to intermediate.


This looks intermediate for beginners.


But only to us.


" First off, your audiance is stupid"

I have played capacity Clubs to SRO Theaters to Outdoor gigs for 8,000+ Audience members, since 1979.

Your audience is FAR from stupid, and the idea that you are somehow of a higher musical intellect than them is absurd, 100% Untrue, and frankly quite insulting.

I have taught guitar, after touring fer decades and i still go to shows.
Does this mean i am, as your audience, "stupid"? LOL

This attitude will insure a life of playing to your garage walls and perhaps a few drunk friends if you do not change it.

btw what IS the[ 'boring stuff" before solo's ? i always thought it was called a song.!

"[i]Improvising is makeing a solo that fits inbetween verses or spaces that need excitement[i]"
.....seriously, i mean lol , ya gotta be kiddin

But since i am "stupid" i'll not inform you as to what improvisation actually means.

and "intermediate" ...please kid, i have some 9 year old students that could play that ... and i don't lie or exaggerate.

" if it sounds cool then the crowd will cheer... even if you repeat it twenty times over."

what crowd kid? the "stupid audience" you mentioned?
and NO people are not that stupid, they can hear a goofy repetitious derivative run.

Humility and sense of self = this lesson to you.


this definitely is a very basic thing. maybe if you elaborated a little more and kept some things out (like that every audience you ever have are dumb and wont notice mistakes, which is a really bad thing to assume by the way) maybe it wouldnt be so bad. but that is just my opinion.


I was thinking of deleting this lesson but with Carl's comments it has actually matured into a lesson of sorts with, I think, value. So, for a while at least, I'm leaving it up.
what you see up there (for beginners) is a pentatonic scale not necessarily a "blues" scale. How you play it gives it a blue feel if that's what you are going for. You can say that for any scale. It's all in the delivery. Pentatonic...... it's the pentatonic minor scale with a #4 thrown in to give it a blue feel.

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