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Can I throw you one right out of left field - you'll hate the songs. I don't care ;-) Rather than 'shred' listen to the masterpieces of pop solo. Getting a solo worthy of remembering in a simple 3-minute pop song form is a structure so infrequently done well that it's a pure art-form in itself & the members of that club are in rarified air. Start with ...


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I think what you are referring to is the use of a narrative in a solo, which applies to any instrument and any music genre, if you want to connect to your listener and make something musical. This mostly means that you play something with intention and control, instead of random. When you tell a story, a listener understands what is happening, can predict ...


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I agree with all the answers I've seen posted so far. But I'd also like to point out that there are Mastering techniques used in the recording process that we never seem to take into account. Mixing, equalization, compression, Phase adjustment, and more can add or detract appeal when we listen to a recorded performance and it just totally amazes us. There ...


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There's a heck of a lot more to any solo than just the notes played. Obviously they're a great starting point, but that's just what they are! Several thoughts: Are you playing those same notes with the same sound as the guitarist you try to emulate? Playing an open string where he plays a fretted note on a lower string will give a different sound. Are you ...


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You are asking for advice on something very subjective. Your original question reveals something about your preconceived notions about what is "impressive". No one can quantify what sounds good for another person. I might say Jeff Beck is one of the greatest guitarists around and his solos are always impressive and full of feeling and someone else here ...


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It's not so easy to describe in general. One starts with a good melody. That in itself is worth a couple of books. Then phrasing is important. some notes need to be connected and some separated. It's good to study some melodies by good composers, pop, Latin, classical, etc. Other techniques (many derived from listening and practice) include adding ...


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What you need to try and do is convey mood and emotion with your music. When you are having a conversation with somebody you don't talk in a robotic, monotonic way. You vary your voice to communicate your meaning better. You need to do the same with your music. There are (at least) three basic things you can do: Vary dynamics. Play some notes louder and ...


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