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Watch the Minor Theater online guitar lesson by Tony Smotherman from Essentials: Power Ballad Soloing

We begin this solo with a B minor arpeggio and incorporate a sliding B minor scale run into a higher position. After this, we use a B minor arpeggio to create a melodic ascent into our target note which is the C#. We make use of a pedal point idea in two different octaves to create a bit of contrast from bent notes to faster runs. We also make use of some unison bends to make the guitar really cry. We end with octaves, which can also create a really powerful feel while harmonizing over the chords.

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