Guitar solos feeling uninspired? Learn how you can breathe new life into your licks and make sure your solos always sound like they’re going somewhere

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Yes, yes, we are aware we’ve just been looking at improvising solos and that “creative soloing” might appear to be just a little bit similar... but bear with us. This next idea takes you a step further. 

Think of it as a more developed approach to improv if you like, but it’s also something to employ when writing longer solos. Here, we’re going to take a basic C minor pentatonic lick and demonstrate three ways you could adapt the idea to take it somewhere new. 

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