How to Build a Creative, Emotive Guitar Solo

When I’m faced with performing solos either in the studio or onstage, I can’t help but think back to all of the players who have inspired me the most, like Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Blackmore and Michael Schenker. These references to my guitar heroes serve me well, because each of these legendary players knows how to draw the listener in and to tell a story with a solo. Just like when I’m speaking, my solo should be a clear statement in four parts: 1) I will first establish where I’m coming from 2) I’ll then take a moment to embellish the point a bit; 3) I’ll bring in some technical wizardry to dazzle you; and 4) I’ll wrap it up with a reference back to the opening statement and leave you wanting more. 

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