Learning how to take a solo is a rite of passage for serious guitar players. And, thinking about taking a guitar solo, you are probably imagining a yourself holding an electric guitar; this is where most of us learn to solo first! However, what happens when it comes time to take a solo on an acoustic guitar? Although many techniques on electric guitar translate perfectly to acoustic, this is not one of them. In fact, the approach one should take for soloing on an acoustic guitar is quite different than doing so on an electric.
In his course, Acoustic Crossover: Soloing, Corey Congilio helps you work through 10 performance studies for acoustic soloing. Through this process, you will cover techniques and concepts that you can start using in your own acoustic playing whenever you feel ready!
Here are eight video soloing acoustic guitar lessons from the course. For the full course, check out Corey Congilio’s Acoustic Crossover: Soloing on TrueFire!
Acoustic Guitar Lesson – 145 Battered & Fried: Overview
There’s definitely been times when I got into a jam session and someone played a country or bluegrass tune. I remember feeling stuck because my blues licks wouldn’t work! Thankfully, I started checking out country players and learned how to incorporate some of their concepts and styles into my playing. I think this solo can help you get your feet wet with playing through a simple major 1-4-5 progression
Acoustic Guitar Lesson – 145 Battered & Fried: Performance
I can’t wait for you to jump into this one. There’s so much in here that can be used for electric guitar soloing as well!
Acoustic Guitar Lesson – 145 Battered & Fried: Breakdown
There’s plenty to sink your teeth into here. Country players really were the ones responsible for helping me play through changes. This solo is chock full of those concepts and some fun licks too. Enjoy!
Acoustic Guitar Lesson – Placing D Blame: Performance
Make sure that E string is tuned down and let’s go!
Acoustic Guitar Lesson – Wreckless Legato: Performance
This is a fun solo because you’d expect a roaring electric guitar here. A dynamic and thoughtful acoustic solo can be effective as well!
Acoustic Guitar Lesson – Stand On the Rock: Overview
Even though the tempo is fast, I encourage you to try it! Heck, you can slow it down but, work on pushing yourself!
Acoustic Guitar Lesson – Stand On the Rock: Performance
Don’t’ be afraid of this one! Jump in and keep that right hand moving!
Acoustic Guitar Lesson – Stand On the Rock: Breakdown
The intro of this solo is where you’ll definitely have the most trouble initially. Even if you are having trouble with the speed, try to make the most of the chord shapes and concepts here. The bigger picture is the SOUND! Try to get the guitar ringing and make the most of it!
Digging these free video soloing acoustic guitar lessons? Check out Corey Congilio’s Acoustic Crossover: Soloing.