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Watch the The Beach: Solo 1 online guitar lesson by Trey Alexander from Quantum Rock

In this solo example I use a lot of legato lines. This is part of the solo that I played on the actual record. I also use some tapping lines and then some Frank (Frank Gambale) inspired walk ups.

I always try and listen to where my ear gravitates to. Sometimes it's hard to do that because we are thinking about scale tones and patterns. That is why it is important to learn all of the positions of the scales. Take your time and chart out all of the positions of the scales and then study them everyday. You want them to be a picture in your mind. At first you will only be able to memorize small sections of the fretboard, but ultimately you want to be able to see the whole fret board as a picture. Something that I do to help me with this is I take poster board and I make a huge fret board on it. That way I can look at it very easily while I am jamming over the backing tracks. This will allow us to focus on one of the most important parts of soloing and that is rhythm. Rhythm is so important and can make the 2 or 3 notes of the solo sound different in so many ways! I also touch base on some really cool rising patterns. This will help to take away that fear of the fret board. The more you get used to the higher register of the fret board the sooner you will really start utilizing it.

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