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Dreamy Melodic Guitar Solo in A minor

Enjoy this dreamy, melodic guitar solo in A minor! A dynamic solo and track that builds in intensity and groove! 

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Featured Lick
Guitar Finger Tapping Lick

When it comes to the art of finger tapping, I consider myself a beginner, but I’m always up for a challenge! This melodic tapping lick is an achievable lick in A minor, played over a G-chord (bar 56) to Am (bar 57). The lick uses the open G-string and a rhythm that speeds up throughout bar 56: first sixteenth notes (beats 1), then sixteenth note sextuplets (beats 2 & 3), then 32nd notes (beat 4).

About This Track

This melodic guitar solo is called ‘Lost In Thought‘, as it is inspired by how the mind races, brings us ideas, and ponders about possibilities. This track is primarily a 3-chord groove (Am7, Em7, Fmaj7) that builds in intensity and groove during the track. I play the intro with my Gibson ES-335 (with effects from the eventide H9 and the XLN Retro Color). While the groove builds, the solo starts with long notes that follow the chords. Part B is a short break, where I switch to the bridge pickup and add a fuzz (Fractal Audio Systems AX-8). This was also the only good place to reverse the tremolo bar on my guitar, for an effect that would follow later. Part C is the climax of the track and builds further on the chords of the intro and part A. After a fancy tapping lick ;-), Part D serves as a post-chorus where the strings bring the track home. Part E is a short outro with piano and erhu, a beautiful sound.

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Blues Shuffle Guitar Solo in A

Here’s a new blues shuffle video, this time in the key of A! A real bag of licks here, with some inspiration from players like Eric Clapton, Matt Schofield, Josh Smith and others. Enjoy!

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About Blues Shuffle Guitar Solo

This blues shuffle guitar solo is played over parts A & B of the backing track (see below). Part A is a basic 12-bar blues in A, where part B (‘the chorus’) is an 8-bar vamp that starts from the IV chord (D7). In the B-section, the B3 Hammond organ enters for a fuller, sound and the bass starts ‘walking‘ in the groove. I love playing over shuffles with ‘real-life’ musicians, so I spend quite some time on the drums & bass to create a natural shuffle groove. Part C is a break, where drums & bass play a little softer, and the harmony stays on the I-chord (A7) twice as long. Enjoy!

Gear Used
  • Gibson ES-335, straight into the amp (Fuchs Blackjack Mk II)
  • FX added in the box (mostly slap delay and reverb)
  • Arturia B3 V
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    There are some more mid-tempo blues guitar shuffles on my channel/blog, in the key of E:
  • Shuffle Blues Solo #2
  • Blues Shuffle Solo (+Tab) | Josh Smith – Style
  • Christmas Swing in Bb

    Upbeat, Christmas swing guitar solo, with a lo-fi intro and some gypsy jazz influences, played with a Gibson ES 335.  Merry Xmas!

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    About Christmas Swing

    Original Christmas swing guitar track in Bb (first video in this key). The video starts with a slow, jazzy turnaround drenched in lo-fi effects (RC-20 Retro Color). After the turnaround, the sleigh bells indicate a tempo change, and off we go for a festive ride along with some tasty jazz-blues-swing licks, the beautiful b9, and the magical mysteries of the diminished scale. As usual, you get the guitar tabs on the screen & a few surprises along the way 😉

    Featured Plugin

    The lo-fi effect on the piano & guitar in de intro of the video is made with the RC-20 retro color plugin from XLN audio. This is a very creative plugin to add some vintage vibes to your sounds.

    XLN Audio's RC-2O Retro Color

    I even used the ‘space’ effect on the guitar for the rest of ‘Christmas Swing’ because of it’s nice reverb tail. It’s definitely worth checking out this plugin. 

    You can download a trial here: https://bit.ly/38vCjsG

    Gear used
    • The guitar used is a Gibson ES-335, straight into a Fender Blues Jr III (captured with Universal Audio Ox)
    •  Strings & Percussion from East-West Hollywood Orchestral Percussion, very nice stuff
    More Jazz-Blues on the ES-335

    Melodic Guitar Solo (Pop Rock) in D

    I’ve been playing a lot on the Suhr guitar lately! Over the last weeks, I wrote a new, uplifting, melodic guitar solo in D.  Enjoy!  Update 26-11: I made a few (minor) additions to the tab!

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    About Melodic Guitar Solo

    I love playing solo’s in major keys, although it can be a bit of a challenge to keep things interesting. In my experience, it helps to play around with the major third and to search for chord suspensions (sus2 and sus4). I can’t pinpoint a clear artist influence for this melodic guitar solo, although some ‘Joe Satriani’ is going on (e.g., the legato flurries in bars 16 and 17). I aimed for a modern, spacious guitar sound, leaving room for your timed delays to ring through 😉

    Gear Used
    • Suhr Modern Pro HH, Ernie Ball strings .010,  captured with Universal Audio Ox
    • Victory V40
    • pedals: Crazy Tube Circuits Black Magic mkII (lead tones)
    • D16 repeater (timed delays):
    D16 repeater
    D16 Repeater Plugin - get it at plugin boutique
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