Songwriting 2 (Solo)

Animated Songwriting 2 (Solo) tab by ActionTab on guitar. So easy you'll be playing in minutes.

This is from the Jamzone. Here I show the solo for the song example. You can download the full song here if you haven't already:

Even if this solo is too advanced for you, check out the 1-string solo technique used over the Outro. It's a handy solo skill to know, and can help you do cool solos on-the-fly.

The solo comes in 2 parts that flow into each other. The first part is over the last Chorus riff. The second part is over the Outro riff. I took out one of the backing guitars for you so you can hear the solo more clearly during the outro. Plus slowed it down (you can hear the normal speed version under Tools).

Chorus Solo - For the first bend I applied a little wavering with the whammy bar. This is the hardest of the 2 solos, and I'm not expecting beginners to master it overnight. But check out the licks you like and practice them. Notice how I used the open B string sneakily. Playing an open string note gives you time to move your fretboard hand quickly from one position on the fretboard to another without a break in your melody. That's because an open note doesn't require you to have a finger down on a fret.

Outro Solo - The whole thing is played just on 1 string. This is a great way for budding lead players to start learning to play lead guitar. It's one tool out of many, but it's a darn good one. You should definitely experiment with using it. Notice that I used lots of techniques (slides, hammers, bends etc), but only played between 6 notes!

Just find some simple backing music (use any on this site you like), choose a string, and start working out the notes that sound right over that music. You don't have to know the scale name, or even the names of the notes. Once you have found all the notes that work, the rest is down to making melodies by playing between those notes. Experiment by bending notes, sliding between them, anything you can think of. If you do this often enough you will get a good idea of what kind of lead licks work well over music. Eventually you will be able to hear a piece of music and launch into a 1-string solo, confident it will sound good!

You can see that I used frets 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12 along the G string for this last part of the solo. Start practicing with your own lead stuff today if you like. Play the backing music mp3, pick up your guitar, and experiment with these 6 notes yourself! See what kind of melodies you can create. The more you dabble, the more aware you will become of the relationship between notes. The more adventurous you become with it, the more cool stuff you can do - like adding palm muting, or bends to make your lead licks sounds great.

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