In this guitar lesson, you’ll learn some of the most common ways to play country and bluegrass lead guitar solos. First, I’ll show you five of the best ways to create a guitar solo and we’ll talk about different techniques you can use to improvise better lead guitar solos. Next, we’ll get some ear training practice while we learn the basic guitar melody for “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”. Finally, I’ll show you some nice ways to transform a basic guitar solo melody into a fancier country and bluegrass solo — these techniques will work for soloing over just about every country and bluegrass song. After you master the solos, practice your lead guitar improvising over our “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” backing track in the key of G. Also check out our collection of bluegrass guitar licks for some more lead guitar improvising ideas.
Video 1 – Basic Melody Solo Playthrough with Tablature
Remember that you can slow down this video with the playback speed controls and you can also loop sections of the video with the AB loop tool (find both on the video play bar). Try to use this video to do some ear training…play the video, look away from the screen, and see if you can pick out the melody on your guitar. Don’t worry about learning the basic melody exactly as I play it — as long as you’re close, you’ll be ready to learn more improvising tips under the “Extra Improvising Tips” lesson tab just above this video.
Video 2 – Fancier Melody Solo Playthrough with Tablature
In this video, we’re going to make the basic solo melody sound a little fancier by adding extra melody notes and by adding a couple of tasteful bluegrass guitar licks. Under the “Extra Improvising Tips” lesson tab, we’ll discuss the fancier melody solo in more detail.
Extra Improvising Tips
In this video, we’ll talk about some different ways you can transform a basic melody into an interesting country & bluegrass guitar solo. We’ll also talk about how to use bluegrass guitar licks in a solo. After you watch this video, try using some of the bluegrass licks in our Bluegrass Lick Library to improvise guitar solos over our bluegrass backing track for “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”.