Guitar Solo: Gaining Musical Freedom Of Expression

As with many of the older players who never learned music theory, especially blues, gospel and many rockers, playing a guitar solo was totally finding the sweet spot, then expressing themselves in whatever way they were feeling. Some of the very best music we have today was created this way. Scales and theory gets you to the “correct” notes right away,  but no musical feeling or freedom or expression is provided. The good thing about the first method is that the ear training and freedom of expression are greatly developed. The problem with it is that once a person learns to play this way, they think that they don’t need to learn scales or theory. Players who initially learn music theory, tend to rely on it too much, and many times do not develop the ear and freedom of expression, which can be very frustrating, especially after studying and playing for years. Back in the day, because I knew nothing about theory or scales, I had to HEAR the music before I could play anything that worked with it. I could solo to most anything once I heard it, BUT I HAD TO HEAR IT FIRST!  One day, after years of playing this way, I decided to bite the bullet and sit down to learn music theory. SO GLAD THAT I DID!  Now that I have both the musical expression experience and the knowledge of music theory, I can “hear” the music in my head the moment I’m told what the key or scale is. I know what to do BEFORE I ever hear the music or start to play! So now I can instantly pre-plan my guitar solo! It’s the best of both worlds!

Here is my video on learning to solo without thinking about scales. This tutorial is designed to help you “let go” and to experiment with expressing  yourself and gaining musical freedom. I plan to soon produce a tutorial on how to use BOTH ear and theory concepts TOGETHER to produce amazing results! Thanks for checking out my blog!

How To Play An Electric Guitar Solo Without Even Thinking About Scales  EricBlackmonGuitar YouTube

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About ericblackmonmusic

Eric Blackmon plays multiple musical instruments and teaches music on those instruments daily at EEMusic Music Creation Learning Center in Greenville South Carolina. Eric Blackmon is a YouTube content Creator who posts lessons on these instruments weekly on several YouTube channels including EricBlackmonGuitar which now has over 414,000 subscribers.

Posted on July 10, 2016, in blues Guitar, financial support, Guitar, Guitar lessons, Instrument purchase, music, simple guitar chords, Uncategorized, YouTube and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Christopher Lynch

    Eric Hi,

    A very big thanks for the first of your highly educative and watchable lessons, particularly aimed at beginners such as me (bought my first Electric Guitar 5 weeks ago, and loving it) the ‘Five Note Loop’, great fun, and nice sounding etc.

    Just wanted to say that ‘Riff #3’ refers to Fret 8 on the high E, but not included in that lesson, so curious??

    Thanks again.


    Chris Lynch


    • Sorry about that Chris. I may have edited the use of that note out when I was doing the demo for that video. That note is a C. Just experiment and throw it in every now and then until you get the melody sound that you like. It’s all about experimentation! Thanks for watching EricBlackmonMusic!


  2. Christopher Lynch

    Thanks for your kind reply.

    Much appreciated.


    Chris Lynch


  3. I have been following you for 3 years. I think you are the greatest teacher on line. I am in my 60’s now and am just learning to play the guitar. I like the way you break it down so I can understand. There are a couple guys out there that I watch but they can not or will not break it down. I am a big fan of the Barkays and I really love the way the lead guitarist plays on the song SHIINE. I have not gotten anyone that has tabs on it. Could you break that down for me with tabs? I will be following you. Thank you very much.
    Big fan of yours – T. Mac


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