3 Tips to Improve Your Guitar Soloing


The ability to play a spontaneous guitar solo is one of the most highly coveted skills in the music world. It’s not easy to master, but once you do, you’ll get a great way to come up with fresh-sounding guitar solos.

In order to solo, you need to have three key skills:

To develop these skills, you need to answer a few questions first:

The answers to these questions will help you determine the types of questions you need to ask. The order you answer them in will determine the order in which you will ask the questions.

Detective skills – In order to acquire these skills, you need to make use of your own guitar.  Alternatively, have someone with you play the guitar so that you can listen to the notes played and make the necessary corrections.

Listening skills – Another essential ability is the ability to hear whether you are playing the right notes or not. You need to do this without the help of a guitar or a music sheet just to hear whether the notes are spot on.

Reading skills – Some people think they can just start playing the guitar and don’t need to learn to read the music. But as soon as you start to play, you will see how important it is to have sight-reading skills.  Because there are just notes and chords, and you need to be able to read them.

By using these skills, you will not only discover how to play guitar by ear, but you will also develop your musical creativity.

Many people find that when they learn to play the guitar by ear, they also feel freer and more creative.

To play guitar by ear, you don’t really need to learn how to read music. The guitar software you find in the many computer stores, especially those created for children, has all been designed to help people learn to play by ear.

They are interesting, fun, and easy to use so you will find that it is not difficult to learn how to play them. Before you know it, you will be able to play along with your favorite tunes.

You can sing the songs you like and impress people with how well you have mastered the guitar.

When you are learning to play the guitar by ear, you can use the following tips:

Tip 1: You need to have in your mind the different aspects of playing the guitar that will help you to make your solo sound good:

The range of your notes

Such as the chords that you will use

The scale that you will use

The type of chords that you will use

…all of these things together make up playing by ear.

Tip 2: Practice playing the notes on the guitar, hearing them, and then trying to make the guitar produce them.

Tip 3: As you practice, the frequency of the notes you produce becomes predictable (like the waves that move up and down).

…if you do not practice the guitar at your desired frequency, you will not produce the correct notes in your solo.

Tip 4: As you learn to play by ear, you can use your musical knowledge to convert any of those notes to any other key.

Tip 5: Employ your auditory senses by utilizing a note from a guitar tab tuned to the key of C.

Tip 6: Embrace playing by ear through the application of the identical note,  now situated an octave higher.

Tip 7: You can play by ear by using a particular chord another octave lower.

For example, if you are playing a G-major chord, you can play the C-major chord by simply picking one note on the guitar and moving the saddle one note further, and you have the G-major chord.


Guitar soloing is a simple skill that anyone can learn. Anyone who knows how to tune a guitar can learn to solo. And anyone who knows chords can learn to invent their own licks. So, nothing stops anyone from learning to play guitar by ear. As you learn to play by ear, you will notice that it is a skill. Most people do not have the patience to learn by ear. But that is okay because learning to play the guitar by ear is very easy once you get the hang of it.