Watch the Strategy 7: Consider Tradition online guitar lesson by Jon Herington from Ear IQ: Soloing Strategies
When I was trying to figure out how I might be able to strike that balance between honoring the recording and having some creative freedom of my own, I started with the source, the history, the tradition - Jay's solo. I tried to use a similar tone, since that's a big part of the overall sound of the track, and those things need to be a good, natural fit. And I tried to see if Jay's solo suggested any other guitar territory I could explore. He had started with that striking two string bend, which I can never resist playing - but there's a little bit in there where he used the open G string - handy in this key, for sure - and he did this really cool thing with a bunch of pull-offs on a chain of thirds in the diminished scale - a really wild choice. And it struck me that there might be a lot to discover, especially in the key of G, in exploring stuff you could do with a combination of the open strings and some of those left hand techniques like hammer-ons and pull-offs. So eventually I created a kind of etude with a bunch of ideas that I think would never have occurred to me if I hadn't decided to try to take Jay's solo as a jumping off point for further exploring. So, you probably know the sound of this song, so let me play one of the solos I came up with on "Peg".