Using a voice-leading approach is a surefire way to make your guitar solos more melodic – Andy Timmons, a master of the craft, shows you how

Andy Timmons
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My approach for guitar solos, whether for recordings or live performances, encompasses various strategies. I try not to think too much about what the approach will be at any given moment. Instead, I prefer to listen and react as naturally and instinctively as possible. 

That said, I’m aware of the “tools in the box” and it can be fun to focus on a specific approach in a conscious way. Let’s consider a voice-leading approach for soloing over a blues-rooted chord progression.

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Andy Timmons

Andy Timmons is a world-renowned guitarist known for his work with the Andy Timmons Band, as well as Danger Danger and Simon Phillips.