It would be fair to say learning how to improvise on the
In his Hard Rock issue of Solo Factory, Angus Clark shows you an effective method for familiarizing yourself with the vocabulary you’ll need to improvise hard rock solos like a pro.
Here are 9 free hard rock soloing
Guitar Lesson – Symphonic Half Steps
This is an example of how a simple diatonic chord progression offers you plenty of information to help you be melodic. If you simply anchor all of your downbeats to chord tones, you can just connect the dots, and blam-o! You’ve got a melody. Easy peasy.
Guitar Lesson – Accelerating Ascent
In this example, we’re building in two ways at the same time. Rhythmically. we’re moving from slower to faster by using subdivisions. Melodically, we’re moving ever upwards in order to shift registers.
This is in G minor, and provides you a great opportunity to explore the neck.
Guitar Lesson – Repeaters
I’ll admit to overusing repeater licks. Let’s just say I’ve had a lot of bad influences, like Michael Schenker and Gary Moore. And if that’s being bad, then I don’t want to be good!
Guitar Lesson – More Sixteenths
Here’s another sixteenth-note lick that uses hammers, pulls, position shifts and so in order to add energy to a fairly simple climb from the starting note to the finishing note. The key lessons here involve the feel, hand synchronization, and position shifting.
Guitar Lesson – Power Ballad Track Analysis
This is in D major, so let’s talk about a couple of different approaches to soloing over this type of progression.
Guitar Lesson – Power Ballad Solo 1 Performance
This is the solo I played on a solo album for DD Verni of Overkill. I wanted to be sure and get some over the top stuff in there while keeping the solo generally upbeat and in the vibe with the power-ballad-y nature of the song.
Guitar Lesson – Power Ballad Solo 1 Breakdown
The opening of this solo is a combination of three builder licks taking us all the way from the low G to the high D on the
For the turnaround into the second chorus, I pull out the sweeps, so there’s a bit of flash before making a big melodic statement with a descending diatonic line. Cap it all off with a bit of bluesiness and you’re done!
Guitar Lesson – Power Ballad Solo 2 Performance
This second solo has less flash and more feel than the first one, but is equally effective.
Guitar Lesson – Power Ballad Solo 2 Breakdown
This take on the solo starts with more of the noisemaker approach from “The Unforgiven”. This gives way to a more melodic noisemaker where we’re using a ringing pedal tone over diatonic material. From that point forward, it’s all about digging in to as much blues as the chord progression will allow, so we have to call upon the Neal Schon playbook to get us what we want. Remember to tweak that third major almost always!
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