Guitar Tutorial: How To Create Variations in Your Guitar Solos

Playing solos on the guitar can be quite satisfying for your ears but where do you go when you feel that all you ever play sounds similar. Now that you have learned a handful of Pentatonic Scale Positions where do you go to make those solos stand out and sound better?

                                 Mix Melody and Bass Strings:

True, the guitar does only have six strings, and the low E, A and D string can be considered as bass strings, the G, B and High E are your melody strings. When you play solos why not combine your strings? Play a musical idea using the High E and B string, then jump to the lower strings to play the same idea. Sometimes a riff may sound better when played mainly on your bass strings. Why not use a Fuzz to make those bass strings really sing?

                                Using Different Postions:

When it comes to playing postitions the 5th position is the easiest to play in, but when you play in the 5th position all the time it is time to learn other positions! Play a riff and play it where you only use open strings. Open strings do have their own sound and sometimes a riff played with only open strings may sound fantastic. To get more variation in your sound, move the riff around over the whole fretboard. Certain positions will sound better than other postions. You may not be able to play the whole riff in particular positions. Each position will feel different and certain techniques, such as stringbending, may sound better in higher positions. Explore your riff and find out where it sounds best to your ears. Changing to a different gauge of strings may give you a different outlook on which position sounds best for whatever idea you are playing. Keep exploring all you sonic potentials.

Have fun and hope to catch you soon again!