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  1. FireFunkRevival

    FireFunkRevival Strat-Talker

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    What was one thing that took you to the next level in improvisational soloing? Kinda feel stuck at mediocre at best. Thanks.
     
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    AncientAx Still hacking ....

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    Haven’t found it yet still stuck in first gear .
     
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    s5tuart Perfecting time travel since 2525

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    Intervals!
    Learn them and hear them and it all makes sense.
     
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    Baelzebub Most Honored Senior Member

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  5. Stratoskater

    Stratoskater Fuzz Meister General

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    Soloing and improvising to chord tones and changes vs using scale patterns.
     
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    Chicago Matt Strat-Talker

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    Edit - Dang, ^^^ Stratoskater beat me to it by less than a minute. :)

    The chord inversions up and down the neck. Be aware of the chord that is currently happening behind your solo and resolve to notes in the chord as it changes. That more than anything so far has made my soloing more melodic and fluid.

    This guy:
     
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    sonny wolf Senior Stratmaster

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    Having good sense of time.Being able to stay solid in the pocket on the metronomic count of the tempo and not speed up or slow down.Getting that internal clock really steady and playing your notes on that steady pace.Defining the accent of the groove in your playing.It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing.Once you play your notes based on the groove and timing of the music it becomes much easier.If you don't have that then you are playing notes unprecisely and it sounds like crap because it doesn't flow and you are waving in and out of the tempo.Find that solid flow by defining the groove first and then whatever you play over it will sound more musical.
     
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    cranky Senior Stratmaster

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    Yeah, this is good advice. You can pair that theory/fretboard knowledge with mechanical stuff like sweep picking, arpeggios, string-skipping and hand synchronization.

    Kee in mind that I'm a total hypocrite. I'm not very good at any of that stuff, but a working knowledge of it has helped my approach to both lead (solo's) and rhythm (voice leading, walking bass lines) playing. And inversely, improved fretboard knowledge has given me the opportunity to improve the mechanical skills.

    Check out the CAGED lesson and voice-leading lessons here. They're two of the best lessons I've ever gotten.



     
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    thomquietwolf Dr. Stratster Silver Member

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    henderman Most Honored Senior Member

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    when the chord changes, so should you.

    learn theory bcuz it tells you what you can play over "this" and why, then you can get creative.
     
  11. FireFunkRevival

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    I appreciate everyone's input. I've been working on my triads and diads.
     
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    Looking forward to the replies, I’m with you, stuck!
     
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  13. FireFunkRevival

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    I'm kind of in the know but yet still feel like in playing sections of the guitar and really need to change that into more fluency and understanding of how to get there.
     
  14. AxemanVR

    AxemanVR I appreciate, therefore I am... Silver Member

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    fezz parka fezz parka

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    Understanding chord progressions and their relationship to the 7 modal degrees.

    Knowing that as long as you hit chord tones on the changes and resolve to the key center on the I/i...that you can play anything in between.

    Voice leading and thematic development are your friends. Your best friends.

    Getting an in person teacher rather than asking goobers on the internet how to play. Most of them have no clue. :)
     
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  16. StratSounds

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    For me it was...(A)Having a decent ear to start with, thanks mom(B)Listening to a lot of guitar solo oriented music for a long time, and(C)Goofing around with guitars for many years and finally developing a reasonable enough amount of skill and fretboard knowledge to be able to get to the notes that my ears want to hear at the time I want to hear em...most of the time anyway. Some days I feel like a hero, some days I feel like a zero.:D
     
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  17. Seamus OReally

    Seamus OReally Mr. Serious Gold Supporting Member

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    Never got there. I got really good at playing at this level, but the breakthrough never came. I have the wrong brain for virtuosity.
     
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  18. FireFunkRevival

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    Thankfully I have been blessed with good ears.
     
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    AxemanVR I appreciate, therefore I am... Silver Member

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    The key is always, always, always (did I say always?)...


    REPETITION !!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Whether it's practicing finger acrobatics, studying various musical concepts or just listening to a wide variety of a lot of music, the more you do it the more natural and instinctive everything becomes.


    So repetition, repetition, repetition...


    Can't emphasize that enough...
    Can't emphasize that enough...
    Can't emphasize that enough...


    Is there an echo in here?...
    Is there an echo in here?...
    Is there an echo in here?...


    Hello?...
    Hello?...
    Hello?...




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    Wrighty Most Honored Senior Member

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    Yes, yes and yes again. Looking forward to the advice you’ll (we’ll) get from the folks on here!
     
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