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I'm no guitar-hero but I'm very into improvising & soloing with my guitar........

So Ill try to print down for


you: my advices for soloing strategies.
Really-they are basics but I think they work out really good. Heres my two cents;
Be an player that always has the ear and attention of the public. Make yourself interesting for them,
surprise them whit some various guitar playing.
But keep the rules and stick to play whit the harmonies, structure and shape of the blues the band are
playing. Feel the Blues and know the Blues-tunes
harmonies (chord progressions) well. Don't be afraid to use cliches. If your breaking to many rules and
don't play cliches you don't play the blues no
more-then your playing some strange avant-garde jazz to a background of blues music (if your lucky). Keep
the rules and keep your own personality and
originality at the same time. Then, if you sometime should break a rule-it will be heard and understood...But
if you do it all the time its only going
to be hard and strange to listen to your music.
Here's a few tricks & tips I try to have in my trickbag for almost every solo. Not every time, not all of it at the
same time in the same blues - but almost.
(Depending on the Bluestunes feeling).
First-this is a real smooth trick you have to learn. Its a MUST to have in your "Jackys Bag of Trick" as a lead
guitarist in a Bluesband;
Changing between the Mixolydian scales using "the inner logic of the Mixolydian scale" (A Berklee Uni.
term.)
You change the scales this way;
(ex. in G)
G mix: G A B C D E F G
C mix:G A Bb C D E F G
D mix: G A B C D E F# G
Now you can hold your left hand in one position all the time while you changin between the scales.
You also need to be able to play some Bluesy Arpeggios - that's the 1,4 & 7 note of the chord......The Upper
Arpeggios (7,9,11 & 13) can also be used in Blues
but NOT , never ever the ordinary 1,3 & 5 arpeggio !!!! Broken Chords (played 1,6 & 5 of a Blues-seventh
chord / dom7 chord) is also a real and true Blues cliche.
A solo guitarplayer also need to know all the modes of the Blues scale;

Mode 1: 1 b3 4 b5 5 b7
Mode 2: 1 2 b3 3 5 6
Mode 3: 1 b2 2 4 5 b7
Mode 4: 1 b3 4 #5 b7 7
Mode 5: 1 2 4 5 6 b7
The Extended Blues scale (the Mixolydian scale mixed whit the Aeolian scale and the "Blue Note") often
used by Jimi Hendrix and in Progressive Blues
(a genre created by Jonny Winter 1968);
1 2 b3 3 4 b5 5 6 b7 7
Then - here's some tips;
But don't always use the Blues scale or the Mixolydian. Throw in some licks and phrases played in Melodic
Minor, Diminished and the Whole tone scale too. That's
sounds great in Blues among blues cliches like Broken Chords, double stops and please-do some
Loockwood playin on top of the comping chords between your soloing
phrases...
Throw in some ornaments of chromatic passing tones when phrasing (use the technique called Targeting
connecting chord notes whit chromatic patterns played whit slide) in a scale-and use lots of octave notes
while playing the Blues solo....
Larry Carlton sometimes play the Ionian scale over "Bluessevents chord" (dom7 chord). Kind of unique but it
works out just fine and real bluesy..... sometimes hes
mixing the Ionian scale whit the Blues scale.....
(If you are a JazzCat;
Use the Dorian scale when playing Jazz/Blues. Remember that Swing (in the pocket) solos and melodies
starts on upbeat-the 2nd beat or the 4;rd beat of a bar.
The Melodic minor scale are also an common scale in Jazz/blues and it sounds great..)
Play around whit different rhythms. For ex; if the drums and the bass is playin 4/4 you can play soloing
prhrases i the rhythm of "The Bo Diddleys Beat"
(That's a form of "son clave");
One e and ah, two e and ah, three e and ah, four e and ah.
Start your blues solo phrasing on the 4th beat in a bar and end it on a 2:nd beat. Leave the two next beats
before the next bar free. That's kind of a cliche and
spacing in Blues. Its a nice trick to step into a phrase from one semitone above or two semitones below.

Always land your soloing phrase or on a chord tone (1,3,5 or 7) otherwise it will sound like the soloing
phrase shall continue. To long phrases are hard to listen
to and will leave no space in the music.
Some times , often in the last bar of the turnaround, you wanna create more dynamic and tension. A
simpler way, rather than use the Super Locrian scale
(the Altered scale) (you never do that in Blues) is to move the Minor Pentatonic scale two semitones below
the dominant chords root and you have all the 4 the
altered (outside) tones right there. That's a Bluesy way to do it !!!!! The trick, the technique, of playing
outside (the House) are known as Side stepping or
Side slippin.
I hope this tricks & these tips will help your improvising/soloing skills a little bit further....
To all ya BluesDogs & take some soloing breaks, let it be space in the music - play the bass line instead
together whit the bass guitar player
some little time now and then !!!! Learn some, a few basic, Blues bass lines to improve your Blues guitar
chops.