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  • Playing solos in Jam-Along songs

    Posted by bsevett on March 19, 2023 at 9:49 am

    In the Jam-Along Songs section Tony provides opportunities for solos. Are there any lessons or other resources with examples or suggestions for these solos in various keys? I can play the songs, but I am a solo beginner. I think solos, simple ones, anyway, are comprised of the notes in the scale of that key.?

    bsevett replied 1 year, 2 months ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Gordon419

    Member
    March 22, 2023 at 1:33 pm

    I have the same question. I’m just learning solos (but it’s not that important at this juncture) I’ve learned the “E” scale, and am familiar with the “A” pentatonic, but solos still confuse me.

  • Bill_Brown

    Member
    March 23, 2023 at 9:43 am

    Hi @bsevett Yes, basic solos (improvisation) can be achieved by playing notes in the scale of the tune’s key. But obviously there’s more to it than that. Making a simple melody from the notes in a tune’s chord progression would be a next step, but easier said than done. You also need to know more about the fretboard – have you taken Fretboard Wizard? IMHO, that would be a great course to learn more about the relationship between notes, chords & keys and how they relate to the fretboard. If your guitar journey’s main pursuit is improvisation, then I believe FW would be a great place to start. Also you could Google “acoustic guitar backing tracks” and start practicing with what you know now, but I believe a better education of the fretboard would be of most benefit to your journey,

    Good luck🎸

  • bsevett

    Member
    March 23, 2023 at 9:51 am

    Thanks, Bill! I appreciate the information and suggestion.

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