Watch the Strategy 3: Think About Shape online guitar lesson by Jon Herington from Ear IQ: Soloing Strategies
The shape of a solo, as I mean it, is a sort of imaginary graph of the melody. Where does it start, high, low, or in the middle? How does it move, does it go up, down, are there little shapes that repeat? And what is the overall or general shape or arc of the solo? Can it be simplified if you ignore some of the details, and if so, what can we learn from that? And what are the emotional effects of different shaped solos? Are certain shapes used by a lot of people? Can a flat shape be effective? Listen to Neil Young on "Southern Man" to answer that question with a resounding "yes".
This next song is called "She Reminded Me of You", and again it's from a record of mine called shine shine shine. Let's take a look at the track.