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Watch the Modern Equivalent: Solo 1 online guitar lesson by Trey Alexander from Quantum Rock

This solo is a very clean creamy solo! A good way to get a nice sound for this solo is to use a Fender or a Mesa Boogie Lone Star like the one I used on this video. I also like to use my tone knob. I think that the tone knob is very underused and musicians like Eric Clapton and Eric Johnson did quite amazing tonal changes with them. So I would sit down with a nice clean sounding amp and really tweak and play around with it. You will be quite amazed with what you come up with!

In this example I utilize two different scales. The C minor scale and the c minor pentatonic scale. I also use some blue tones that give this solo a little hip twist from your standard pentatonic and minor scales. You will then learn about bouncing back and forth off of the same notes, kind of like petal-toning. You will also see the huge difference it will make by just sliding into the notes instead of playing it normal (without the slur). Remember to sing along with your notes. I remember one of my first teachers, Tommy Gunn would have me sing the notes I was playing. This helped to better translate what I was hearing in my mind. So do not worry about how good you sing just start doing it and I am sure you will notice a difference in your playing!

In the next part of the solo I outlined some notes from a Bb major chord. You will also notice that these notes exist in the minor scale as well. It is really important that you learn all of the positions of the scales so that you are familiar with all of the shapes. This will not only help free up the rest of the fret board but will help teach you all of the areas that you can play the same lines. And, a lot of soloing is repeating licks and passages with only slight differences. Be sure to check out the MAN at this, B.B. King!!

At the end of this solo we walk that pentatonic up into some 6ths that really bring the end of the solo to a nice spot. Then we will overview a bit of a unique way to slide. This references keyboardists that use their pitch shifting bar. This is one of the only ways that you can take a static note and have the pitch raise and lower all in one motion! Check out Greg Howe for this kind of stuff. He is a superb and fantastic guitarist! At the very end we talk about dropping the pick and getting a little bit of Wes on you by using the side of your thumb! Remember, take all of these ideas and apply them to other solos in other styles of music. There is nothing wrong with taking these licks and putting them into your own playing!