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mambojim
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:12 pm    Post subject: advice for lead guitar Reply with quote

hi all! long story short, ive been playing guitar for 8 years but for 3 of them i hit a wall and stopped playing as much, however the last 5 months i cant put it down and have reinvigorated my passion for playing.

so when i watch my idols do there thing (Hendrix, SRV, Clapton) i love the pure improv of the lead and the feel they have and basically im after any advice on achieving that sort of improvisation playing. I've currently learnt all positions of the blues scale but find myself running through the same licks.

Any advice is welcome! thanks

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Robby2hotty
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just jam bro. Watch the great guitarists that aren't crazy technical like Clapton n Gilmour and see how cool you can rock basic scales etc.
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Rockabillious
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Think out of the box if you want to open up your solos. Don't be a slave to scales or one particular style of music. Listen to country, jazz, prog and take bits of that into your playing to open up soloing in songs.

A lot of the guys who influenced Clapton, SRV etc listened to horn players back in the '50s and tried to adapt it to guitar. Open your ears and listen to everything.
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mambojim
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cheers guys, yeah i've really noticed how different you can make a blues penatonic scale feel sound just by giving it a slightly more jazz feel. Thanks for the advice fellas.
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TheKrakenBeast
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have a listen to For the Love of God by Steve Vai.
He mostly uses Em pentatonic but creates an entirely different and melodic sound. The same notes as Clapton and BB King, but sounds nothing like them or the blues.

Try using sweeps, arpeggios, neck runs and 3 note scale patterns to break out of the box shape.

Know where all the blue notes are and go easy on them. They lose their power if you overuse them.

Play the very occasional wrong note that is a fret down (not a full 2 fret bend, that creates a cheesy blues feel) and bend up to the correct pitch. It creates interest. Clapton does this a lot. A 1/4 pre-bend works nicely too.

If you really just want to play blues, try approaching it as a smooth saxophone solo. Raw sexy emotion.

Stop thinking in terms of licks and start thinking about what you are trying to say - come up with a sentence in your head if you have to, and then play it with feeling and melody.
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daphneblue
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check out the Robben Ford jazz/blues related videos on youtube. Here's a couple to start off with

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVeTJJSVIEc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUd18pf1T7o

Then go listen to his early recordings with the Yellowjackets, and his first three or four solo albums.
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mambojim
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

great advice guys, hugely appreciated. Definitely taking everything into consideration so far, currently trying to combine both minor pentatonic positions and mixing it up with major p's as the rhythm changes keys to create different feels.

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