Total Guitar created a scientifically perfect guitar solo – here’s what it sounds like and how to play it

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You named the 50 greatest guitar solos. And we investigated what they have in common, using the power of science (and a lot of graphs). Now, we’re using the knowledge we acquired as a guide to create a brand-new Frankenstein’s monster of a solo for you to learn. Here’s the essential info...

First, the tempo – with a range between 64 and 170 bpm we’ve opted for a close to average 120 bpm. A minor key is essential, so we’re in E minor here, but with a few moments spent hinting at E harmonic minor and E Dorian. A minimum of 2.5 octaves of pitch range is vital, and we’ve covered about three octaves here.

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