Questions tagged [solos]

A solo is a section or complete piece of music played or sung by one musician, with or without additional accompaniment by an ensemble or tape.

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What mode does this guitar solo use? [closed]

I'm trying to learn this amazing guitar solo from W.C. Fields played by Gabor Szabo. It starts at 02:00. I learned this first section which is in the key of G major. At 02:20–02:32 it switches to ...
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Guitar - Pinky finger on high notes / small fret

I have a question regarding the use of the pinky on smaller frets , 10 onwards . Let's say I am learning a guitar solo, from Metallica Nothing else matters, when they alternate from fourth srting fret ...
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Relationship between chord progression of backing track and scale of solo

I've started improvising guitar solos over some backing tracks like this one, and the videos always start by stating the chord progression and then saying which scale you can solo in for it to sound ...
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Need help in writing Guitar Solos using story [closed]

I heard lot from online videos(Literally all) that the key thing to awesome solo is - Story. But I am kinda confused that how one implements this? Please share how you implement the "Story" ...
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How to make a slow melodic solo sound beautiful

I’ve listen to many songs where there’s a lead guitar part that is very slow and not that impressive, but the song sounds amazing, But when I try to play them they just sound like some notes and not ...
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What are the rules of writing a solo for guitars or violins on a keyboard?

What are the harmonic rules that serve as the foundation of a solo? For example, notes of triads serve as the foundation for voices and arpeggios, with an occasional non-chord tone. Harmonic function ...
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How to choose scales for improvisation based on chords used in a progression?

When playing a tune that has both, minor and major chords, what scale would be safe to use for soloing? It seems that a Minor Pentatonic would work for the minor chords, but not that well for the ...
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Question about playing over chord changes, go to next chord

In music theory there is a process for going to the next chord that involves playing a note just before the next chord that resolves to a chord tone of the upcoming chord. However this messes up my ...
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Electric guitar online solo training class suggestions (paid or free)

I am a stackoverflow addict as a software engineer but not sure if it is appropriate to ask this question here. If not, please feel free to advise. I play guitar last 15 years but never become a pro. ...
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A Dorian scale/chord progressions

So I'm currently jamming a song in G Major with focus on the A Minor. The chord progression goes Am C D. I know that the A Minor Blues Scale sounds pretty sleek, but I just have the feeling that A ...
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Transcribing troubles [closed]

I forced myself to try transcribing without relying on software playback and I’m pretty sure that I did several mistakes. I tried transcribing the piano part of the following song (it starts at 0:58) ...
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Improvising in two pulses/tempos at once

In this documentary, Brad Mehldau states this about his trio with Jorge Rossy and Larry Grenadier: It’s pretty specific what I’m doing, I think, especially with the trio. We have the regular pulse ...
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How to decide which key to transpose to to make a song better for solo guitar

I'm working on a solo guitar version of She's Always a Woman by Billy Joel. I bought a lead sheet from guitarinstructor.com. It's in Eb. I'm planning to come up with my own arrangement of it based ...
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Any ideas for soloing on guitar?

So far I have known 3 pentatonic shapes, I don't just run it up and down when soloing but I don't think it's a good solo. I've heard about harmony, target notes, chords, one pentatonic per chord but I ...
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How do I properly support a bass solo as a keyboard player?

As an amateur keyboard player, I am used to comping with (or against) a guitar solo, sometimes staying out of the way, other times harmonizing against it, or even just "responding" to its calls. On ...
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How good am I supposed to be at my 3rd year of playing electric guitar? Also, suggestions for songs and exercises to improve faster

I was just curious how good am I supposed to be after playing 3yrs on the electric guitar. I am self taught and I almost did not play at all on my 2nd year. Most of the time I just do different ...
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Scale Recommendation for Tricky Key Change

I'm playing a pretty tune, which calls for a solo on the following chords: Cm G7 C Fm A♭ Cm G Cm As you can see, the key temporarily changes, shifting the tonic chord to major before its ...
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What other scales can be played over ii chord in ii-V-I besides Dorian?

Soloing over ii-V-I is usually associated with modes. Dorian-Myxolydian-Ionian. I'm trying to expand my soloing by playing "outside", so I wanted to find out what other scales can be played over ...
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Why does soloing over the pentatonic minor of the fifth of a major scale sound so good?

If I play a pentatonic minor scale a fifth above the root, it sounds really good. Why? As an example, if the band is playing a vamp on A major, I can solo on an E minor pentatonic scale for days. Is ...
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Has it always been the tradition for conceto soloists to have their music memorized?

At all the performances of concertos I've attended, the soloists perform without sheet music, whether it is a concerto for piano, viola, or horn. Has this always been the performance tradition for ...
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How can I play a solo when there is no chord progression?

Ok I'll explain the situation. I have to play a guitar solo during one section of a song. The problem is that during that section the other guitar only plays the D5 chord in an irregular pattern with ...
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how change key while solo/improvisation on guitar?

I'm playing a song with the chord progression: Am7-Am7 Gm7-C7 F-F When the song starts I am in the key of A, but in wich key am I when the Gm7 or the F chord is playing? And how am I supposed to ...
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How to write guitar solos from a keyboardist perspective?

I'm a keyboardist and sole composer in a band, and usually I write organ/keyboard solos, but I wanted to write a guitar solo for one of the songs. I would let the guitarist make his solo, but he is a ...
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What scale(s) would I use to improvise over this riff?

I am a keyboard player and as an exercise, I like to figure out riffs or background chords to songs I like and improvise over them. I chose to tackle this riff, starting at 6:14 with a guitar soloing ...
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Changing the timing of a phrase

Preface: I can't seem to create a great solo, but..... I have this phrase, it's from Stevie Ray Vaughs Texas Flood and it consists of about 15 notes. It sounds great... Next I play the same notes in ...
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Major Mediant of F Major Scale [duplicate]

I'm writing a solo over a progression in F Major. However, the progression uses a major mediant instead of the usual minor. Therefore, my progression in F major is IV-III-vi-ii-I (Bbmaj-Amaj-Dmin-Gmin-...
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Question concerning the integration of jazz solos into the rest of the ensemble

I am a relatively new jazz player. I do know a sizable amount of theory, though. My question was if there were any tips and advice you could give me concerning if and how soloists try to adjust their ...
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why is it harder to solo using a diatonic scale than a pentatonic scale? [closed]

I learned my pentatonic shapes and I can do some solos with them, not so good yet, but improving. I now learned the major diatonic shapes and I find it harder to solo with them, is it because of the ...
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Rolling Stones Sway guitar solo chord function

I enjoy jamming over Sway by the Stones. The final solo is C minor pentatonic mainly played over two chords, C major and Bb major. While I understand why you would use a minor pentatonic on a major ...
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Is this too difficult for a solo flutist?

There are 2 woodwind instruments that come to mind when I think of a high pitched solo. Those are the flute and the clarinet, both of which can have either a mellow or a piercing quality depending on ...
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What is it called when one voice type sings a 'solo'?

We have three groups (soprano, alto, and baritone) and for one of the songs we're singing, each vocal section has a piece or section that we have to sing while the other ones stay silent. Our ...
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Where does the Eb diminished 7 in I Wanna Be Around come from and how to play over it?

I am interested to know where the Eb diminished 7 in the first 4 bars of jazz standard I Wanna Be Around come from? My guess was that it relates as being a sort of tritone substitution for the V of ...
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What Key Is This Progression? [closed]

I have a song based around the Emaj - Cmaj - Dmaj chords in that order. What key would you say this is in and what scales or modes would you use to solo over them? C Lydian and D Mixlydian are ...
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Preventing unwanted noise while changing from string to string while playing

I often face this problem: Let's say I'm on the 12th fret of the G string with my index finger placed on it. Now I want to move on to 12th fret of the B string, so basically just below the one I was ...
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Melodic line for voice soloist with divisi. Why?

In Schubert's "Nachthelle", for tenor solo and male chorus, there is a section in the soloist's melodic line that have, apparently, divisi (upper melodic line, in the photo). Why? Is of soloist's ...
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Modes on the guitar

Pretty new to jazz and I just had a question about soloing So for example we have a progression Dm7| Bm7| so I understand we can play D Dorian then B Dorian with each of the chords. My question is ...
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Practice and performance

This question is going to take some time to explain (at least for me), so pardon the length ahead of time. Also note that it seem like it elicits opinions but this is not the intent. I'm interested ...
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Have the technical skill still cant create interesting solo [closed]

So, I have the technical skills, theory ( Chord tones as an example ), hammer ons, bends, ect all down really well but I suffer from these issues: I still cant create an interesting solo in my head ...
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How Can I Make my Solos Sound Like an Actual Song?

What's wrong I know the chord shapes in my progression (G C G Am D G), the scale pattern underneath and I know the song I'm playing by heart. And yet - while I start soloing the song is gone. I can't ...
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Soloing using Phrygian Over Minor Chord progression

I can't get my head around this - could really use the help of all the gurus here: I have been trying to solo over a minor chord progression (the Solo is in Phrygian). I am using a pentatonic ...
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Modes over II-V-I

I was listening to a piece and the bassist talked about playing several different modes over certain chords. For example, over the first chord he was playing in D Dorian, obviously because it's a ...
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How to involve audience during a solo performance? [closed]

What are the ways to involve an audience during a solo performance? And what do you do if you feel they are not interested in listening?
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What is the purpose of knowing the relative minor of a particular major scale?

I know that the relative minor of any major scale shares all the notes of that major scale. I'm also aware that the concept of relative minor seems to be useful for the purpose of soloing and ...
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Asking written-out full score of some standard Jazz repertoire [closed]

I find it difficult to learn Jazz improvisation (in my case for piano), partly because the written out full score are hard to find, so I may study, compare, and imitate. Many canonical pieces can be ...
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Starting a solo on a root note

Do I always have to start a solo on the root note of the chord or can I use any note in the chord? Example the chord is C# 7. Can I start the solo on a B note? Thanks
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Tutti & Solo notation

So while practicing Chopin's Sonata no.2, I decided to study a bit of writing a Concerto. But there is this notation that always leaves me clueless, which is the "Tutti" and "Solo" notation. I ...
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Guitar - Should I Learn the Major Scale Patterns?

I am already pretty good in using the minor and major pentatonic scales to solo. I also learned CAGED for minor/major chords on the fret-board. The issue is, I am struggling to make meaningful music ...
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Minor key and its chords [duplicate]

I am trying to learn the scales and its relative chords. I am confused with Minor scale. Lets take A minor key for an example. A minor key has following notes: A B C D E F G and its relative chords ...
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Air tube to change the sound of guitar

In Tokio 1992 Slash used what looks like an air tube to change the sound of his electric guitar. What is the proper name of this mechanism? And what is the mechanism behind the sound changing?
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Learning path for soloing and improvisation

I'm still not sure what it's called , I thought it may be these two I mentioned in the title. What I want to learn is being able to follow with the lead guitar and do the licks just like in an indie ...