As iv’e talked about in other articles, there are three ways to learn guitar solos, and for the purposes of this article we’ll take a look at the learning how to play guitar solos online method. Most people just browse when it comes to looking up things online, and that is no different when it comes to learning guitar. What i’m going to suggest here is a system to give you the greatest advantage of really getting ahead by using this method, regardless of what style you play or who the lessons come from. Interested?
There are four parts to this, and most people will do just one of the first three. If you do all four you’re guaranteed to see improvements in a very short space of time, and the great thing about doing it online is you can change the lessons or even styles to suit you at any stage. First of all, set up a folder in your computer for each song and categorise it in the style as well – this will make it so much easier for you later down the track. Let’s take a look at the four parts:
1) Get the original song – There are so many sites online that you can download audio or video from, and in this case i’m going to suggest video so you can see what is actually being played. The biggest site for videos is, you guessed it, youtube. There are ways to download youtube videos or videos from any other site, and you can either choose the original clip or a live version, sometimes you don’t have a choice so just grab what looks good and has a clear enough sound.
2) Get the Tab – Like video sites, guitar tab sites are too many to mention, but if you search for specific tabs you will eventually find what you want somewhere. Just for clarification, this doesn’t have to be original tab, because you’ll soon work out what’s right and what’s not from the other steps.
3) Get a fan video lesson – If there is one available, grab a video lesson from a fan who is playing the song you want. There are countless videos of people trying to play their favourite song, so chances are you’ll get something in this area. This is just another interpretation that may give you an idea of how it’s played, as sometimes you may miss things in the other steps.
4) Get software to help – The best software i have found while learning how to play guitar solos is software that slows down the original music. This is more in the category of playing by ear, but if you add it to the songs you’re learning from these other three ways you’ll master it in no time. Imagine being able to slow down the solo and still keep the same pitch so you could replicate it note for note?