Nuno Bettencourt shares his top tips for playing better guitar solos: “I always see the solo as its own song”

Nuno Bettencourt
(Image credit: Jaime Ballesteros)

If there is one thing that Nuno Bettencourt knows how to do, it is to pick up an electric guitar and put together a guitar solo that is pure fire. Here, the Extreme guitarist checks in to discuss some things you should keep in mind when putting together one of your own.

No, he's not talking modes or techniques. The string-skipping exercises can wait for another day. No, you don't have to be a shredder. This advice is for players of all styles and abilities, and it all begins with – and ends with – the song...

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Jenna Scaramanga

Jenna writes for Total Guitar and Guitar World, and is the former classic rock columnist for Guitar Techniques. She studied with Guthrie Govan at BIMM, and has taught guitar for 15 years. She's toured in 10 countries and played on a Top 10 album (in Sweden).