Watch the Make it Fit online guitar lesson by Angus Clark from Hard Rock Survival Guide: Lead

We have a standing order on the TSO gig: When a fast passage is being played, so long at you start and end in the right place, just about everything in between is up to you. Now that's mildly tongue in cheek, we're actually a bunch of perfectionists. What we mean by that is that if you spend too much time sweating the details of the fast passages you will miss the big picture. Everyone has their own fast stuff, I've got my 3 or 4 things that I do really well, you'll have yours, the other guys in my band have theirs, it's different for everybody. So it's more important to think and feel the music based on getting from "here" to "there". Strictly played sequence licks have very little character, it's the passages that we create that are a result of having to problem solve in application that have cool idiosyncrasies that make them interesting. The point of this lesson is to open the door for you to use your own creative skills to see where you can get in and out of scaler and blues-based material and make it all fit rhythmically and melodically. Crafting a solo involves problem-solving. You've got a bag of tricks, you need to sort through it and find what fits with the song you are playing.