Watch the Answer the Call online guitar lesson by Neil Zaza from 50 Melodic Rock Licks You MUST Know

Using various compositional tools to really craft melodic solos, one that ranks right up there in adding a great effect is call and response. The reason this trick works so nice is that it reinforces your melody two times with the listener in two different halves (once in the call and another in the response). It really makes for a definitive statement and moves the line through with ease.

Always think of this technique as a conversation between two people. The first half could be considered a question and the second half of it the answer. Once you can identify this technique in use you’ll be able to pick it out in many of your favorite solos.

Keep in mind that during the second half (the response) you’ll want to add some additional exciting or differing material at the end of it to really close the phrase.