Maximize the Melody: How to Make a Guitar Solo Sing

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Last month, I discussed some of the differences between the studio and live stage environments. I cited the tune “What Hurts the Most,” which I recorded with Rascal Flatts for our 2006 album, Me and My Gang, as an example of a song whose arrangement has evolved over time to suit the concert setting.

As you recall, we looked at one of the main rhythm guitar parts and compared the differences between how I played it on the studio recording and how I now perform it live.

This month, I’d like to focus on the song’s four-bar lead guitar solo and detail how I’ve been inspired over the course of many shows to tweak it in an effort to make it connect with to a live audience.