Solo Trouble

Dan Shipway

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Another good song to practice double stops is Monkey Business by Skid Row it’s definitely a song worth learning if you are into 80s hair metal.
 

Ed Seith

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What a great song, and a GREAT ALBUM (them, on that tour, with Pantera opening at Meadowlands Summerfest in New Jersey in 1992 was among the TOP FIVE shows I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen many, many hundreds of shows).
Also, that song is a great example of using double-stops to write riffs. Randy Rhoads did that a lot, too, along with MANY others. I focused on spicing up lead playing in the vid, but writing riffs is huge, Dan! Thanks!
 

Sayonil Mitra

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Ed, thanks a lot for this one. I completely forgot to play double stops for at least a year. Somehow it faded away from my playing. It sounds super cool on acoustic too. and it sounds dope on your guitar. I am trying out this right now.
 

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I’m not entirely sure whether we’re still doing this but here’s my latest one. It’s basically me teaching a John Mayer lick. It’s also a great example of ending on the Major 3rd and using a major 7th in your soloing that works like treat!
 

Jak Angelescu

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Great work, Ids! I left a comment for you on YouTube 🤗 i’m not sure if this is still a thing but I think it’s great we continue to do this with or without Syn sharing them.
 

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So sorry to hype up this topic again then leave it hanging! Turns out a 4 day weekend isn’t a lot of time if you schedule everything humanely possible for it. I haven’t forgotten about what I said I’d share
1. Switching from clean/acoustic to distorted/electric solos for a different vibe (got a lot of examples so I may do more than one minute)
2. Not being scared to use the lower strings to add groove (at this point just finding/writing licks to use as examples)
Something else came up in brainstorming and I’ll share that too:
The importance of practice (NOT learning) through muscle memory instead of constantly looking down at your picking or fretting hand
Won’t set a date to work on them, I’ll just try my best everyday. Look forward to seeing more of your guys’s tips and tricks!
 

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I made another one. If I talk quietly it’s probably because I did not sleep that well last night and I’m kinda tired at the moment 😅
This is on using your fingers instead of a pick when you solo and the benefits it may have
 
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Well, often I play around and have a great solo somehow and a hard time remembering it later. -.-
I feel so stupid in such moments. Does it get better with time? I´m unexperienced with creating own music.
 

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If you want to remember just record it. But u don’t need to feel stupid. That’s normal and your memory get better in time. Creating own music is another topic. Just play and try different things and combine them like a puzzle!
 

Ids Schiere

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Like Ekrem says the only way to remember it is to either record it or write it down.
Personally I tend to remember the melodies but forget everything that goes around the melody(like the shreddy bits and embellishments and stuff like that). It definetely gets better over time but remembering anything is repetition in the end.
 
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Yes, remembering the melody is fine at most times but the shredding and embellishments are difficult.
Do you record yourself often? If yes, how often?
 

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I’ve been wanting to make this one for a while but could never figure out how to paint the whole picture in 1 minute so I finally just figured heck I’ll just make it however long I want it to be and don’t post it on Instagram.
Happy New Year!