- Oct. 25, 2021
-- International guitar guru Tom Hess, has revealed his methods for playing virtuoso guitar solos in a unique online guitar licks resource.
In his resource, Hess discusses why most guitar players are unable to play high quality guitar solos due to creative limitations in their musical approach.
Hess says, "I usually hear complaints from guitarists about how their lead guitar solos don't sound as creative as they want. Fact is, there are tons of reasons why this could happen, but there are answers to help you solve all of those problems as well. In general, these are the problems I see in the lead guitar licks of many players: 1. They use little to no vibrato or playing with vibrato that is NOT in tune. 2. They play the first note of their guitar solo in a very weak manner by using narrow vibrato (or no vibrato). 3. They use vibrato in the exact same way every time they add it to a note."
He goes on to discuss his answers to this problem:
"First, you must ALWAYS keep your vibrato in tune! Playing with out of tune vibrato can potentially ruin great sounding solos. Second, use vibrato in a variety of different ways. For example, rather than immediately applying it to a note, 'delay' its application for a few moments. This will make your playing sound much more unique and interesting. Last, you must match the depth of your vibrato to the right musical situation. If you always start the first note of your guitar solos with narrow vibrato (of a depth that is less than 1/2 step) your playing will lack intensity. This sound is 'sometimes' appropriate, but sometimes it simply makes your solos sound too 'weak'. To get more expressive options in your soloing, start using wide vibrato on the very first note to add a powerful punch to the phrase! To do this, use vibrato that is at least a width of 1/2 step or one whole step, and make sure to keep it in tune."
"These ideas will help you to quickly improve any normal guitar lick or solo to make it a truly killer one. However, there is much more you can do to create killer guitar solos. This stuff is just the tip of the iceberg. Learning how to integrate what you know with creative phrasing makes your solos truly stand out."
Hess's online resource about playing guitar licks creatively can be found on his website tomhess.net: https://tomhess.net/lead-guitar-licks-super-slides