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I think a common thread among these answers seems to be "If your approach to composition is not pleasing you, change how you are approaching the design process". I notice that your post tags Guitar and Metal. Try listening to other instruments and how they 'tend' to approach 'solo' composition. Check out other genres and how the greats out there do ...


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I think it's a lot simpler than some of the other answers suggest. You wrote: I usually start with some random noodling to come up with a pretty cool phrase for a riff Ok that's good. If invention is actually 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration, then you've account for the 1% and your work has just begun. Note that "pretty cool" should not be ...


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Remove the guitar and look at the music Seriously, step away from the guitar. It's limiting your conception of the problem. The problem isn't that you can't write a good guitar solo. It's that you can't write a good tune. Whether that tune is played on guitar or Mongolian noise flute is irrelevant. When you get good at working out a tune that fits, you'll be ...


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Music theory spends an awful lot of time talking about chords, scales and rhythm, but not as much time talking about how to structure melodies and songs. There are a lot of other things that go into making a great guitar solo, and you may be overlooking those things in your listening and studies. Think about songs like a book or movie, and then let's say a ...


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It seems like you are expecting too much of yourself. You say things like "I learn a few songs...". How many and for how many years have you been at it? Most players devote a lot of years to transcribing other people's music and learning other guitarist's solos before venturing off in their own direction. Have you tried modifying a solo you know ...


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You are not doing anything wrong, being creative, improvising and composing ideas can be very difficult. It one of the things that takes musicians the longest amount of time to get good at. When I come across someone who is struggling with creativity I like to pass on a 3 word phrase that is associated with the late great Clark Terry, one of the finest and I ...


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I think this is a pretty common problem. There are lots of guitarist that have plenty of technical chops as well as theory knowledge, but are unable to create actually musical solos. A big part of the problem is thinking too small-scale: noodling around in a loop may indeed end up with a short snippet that sounds pretty cool, but often no way to go any ...


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