Open-String Rock Guitar Licks To Use In Your Rock Lead Guitar Solos

Want to play guitar solo licks that sound great but don’t quite have the advanced skills you wish you did to do it?

No problem!

Sometimes playing awesome solo licks as easy as playing a basic lick really cleanly on a single string.

How so?

Let me show you.

Check out the video:

Learn more ways to play better lead guitar ideas using the advice below:

Concentrate On The Rhythm Of The Notes

You do not have to constantly play different pitches while soloing. Great guitar players know this and do not get stuck thinking about what notes to play (as most guitarists do). Focusing on how you play the notes you have available to you is a massive factor for the quality of your phrasing. Changing the rhythm of the notes you are playing during a solo allows you to repeat the exact same series of notes and make it sound musical and interesting.

Use Note Sequences

Most guitar players use scales in their solos in a way that sounds more like an exercise/drill than musical phrasing. To make scales sound interesting in a solo, great guitarists use sequencing to make them very memorable. This is how great players make solos that have a melody you want to sing.

Utilize Musical Embellishment

Any guitar phrase can be made to sound more interesting when you use various guitar techniques to ornament it. Guitarists with excellent improvising skills are able to spice up the most bland lick by adding a trill, slide, bend or double stop to the end of a phrase.

The following are the two most common myths that prevent you from playing with a high degree of creativity on guitar — avoid these to make your solos and licks better:

Guitar Playing Creativity Myth #1. You’re Either Born With Musical Creativity Or You’re Not (It Can’t Be Obtained Otherwise)

It’s common for many guitarists to explain their lack of musical creativity as not having “natural talent”.


Musical creativity does not come from being born with natural talent — it is something you develop and improve. Believing that it only comes from natural talent holds you back because if you believe you don’t have it, you give up on it.

This single belief prevents countless guitarists from learning how to play creative guitar solos, write music, improvise and many other things. Some people quit guitar altogether. Working together with an experienced guitar teacher is the best way to understand how to develop musical creativity.

Guitar Playing Creativity Myth #2. Musical Creativity Is A “Skill”

This is not true. Musical creativity is the result of your mastery with skills that make creativity possible AND your ability to integrate those skills together. When you don’t understand this, you are more likely to not work on skill integration.

For instance, you may learn a lot about music theory and work on your guitar technique, but never learn how to creatively integrate these things together in a solo.

This makes you feel lost because you have great skills, but aren’t able to use them to make your music sound interesting.

Working on integration during your practice sessions helps you become more creative. Some of the skills you need to learn how to integrate while improvising include: aural skills, music theory, fretboard visualization, lead guitar technique and phrasing.

These are just a few ways great guitar players improvise amazing solos. Your skills go to a new level when you understand how to apply these concepts into your guitar playing consistently.

About The Author:

Tom Hess is a highly successful guitar teacher, touring musician and composer. He teaches electric guitar online lessons to guitarists around the world. Follow Tom Hess on Facebook for daily guitar playing tips and links to free guitar resources.



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