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What to Think About When Improvising a Guitar Solo

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What do you think about when you're improvising a guitar solo? The weather? What you're going to have for dinner? 

In this lesson video, instructor Steve Stine—whose popular lessons have been featured on since 2011—discusses what goes on (or what should go on) "inside the mind" of guitar players when jamming, improvising or soloing.

"Watch this a few times and see if it helps to change your way of thinking when soloing," Stine adds.

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Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.