How to Make Soloing Sound Cool on Just Two Strings

A favorite approach of mine for thinking outside the box when soloing is to restrict myself to playing on only two adjacent strings, which ultimately forces me to move up and down the fretboard. Oftentimes when soloing, one’s lines will fall on one pair of adjacent strings, followed by another pair, then another. This would not be the case when utilizing techniques like sweep picking or playing extended arpeggio-based phrases, but the lion’s share of soloing on the guitar can be boiled down to moving from one pair of strings to another. Another great benefit of the two-string approach is that it forces you away from the “muscle memory” licks and patterns that so many players feel trapped by and are always trying to break away from.

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Andy Aledort

Guitar World Associate Editor Andy Aledort is recognized worldwide for his vast contributions to guitar instruction, via his many best-selling instructional DVDs, transcription books and online lessons. Andy is a regular contributor to Guitar World and Truefire, and has toured with Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers, as well as participating in several Jimi Hendrix Tribute Tours.