Watch the Contour online guitar lesson by Mimi Fox from Graduated Solos
Contour builds your lines like an architect! There is a foundation (basic melody), which is laid with the help of tools (scales, harmony, rhythmic ideas, etc.) and then the finished structure (a great solo and musical vision of beauty!). No building can survive without the fundamental building blocks being in place, and it should be a magnificent structure... maybe beautiful, complex, simple, utile, or a combination of some or all of these elements... maybe gritty and roughly hewn or even foreboding ... but make it mean something. A great solo is a work of art.