Watch the Essential Concepts online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Play Country Guitar 6: Soloing Principles

In this first section, you'll work through 29 lessons from a variety of TrueFire country guitar educators who will present essential soloing concepts and techniques including pedal steel bends, flat picking, embellishing the melody, harmonics, honky tonk, and much more.

TIP! Soloing is more than just licks. You need to understand the correlation between phrasing, melody and harmony. Becoming a good soloist is as much if not more mental than physical.

When you are working on various soloing concepts, ask yourself questions like - What chords will this approach work over? What groove or feel does this solo fit best over? What is the best note choice for this part? How can I get from here to there in the solo? Are there other scale options? Does my solo have a beginning, a middle and an end? - Or am I just rambling on.

Asking yourself these questions as you are beginning to build up your soloing chops will help make sure you are really thinking about what you are playing and working on. If you put in the time on this now, it will eventually lead you to the ultimate place for soloists where you won't have to think about any of it at all - you just play!