Melodic Rock Solo Using The Aeolian Mode


This track has a Steve Lukather influence. I have tried to keep things very melodic here, and hopefully show you how to develop melodic ideas, so your solos don’t sound like a bunch of boring exercises. The basic melodic idea is very simple – targeting key chord tones for maximum melodic impact. It’s important to give your audience a melody that will stick in their heads. Pay attention to bending pitch and vibrato to really start to develop your own voice on the instrument.

Trouble spots occur at Bar 10, which includes a fast legato line which starts off the beat. Remember to practise this slowly and in small sections. Other points of interest include Bar 13 with its cool descending diatonic fifths, plus the ascending scale sequence at Bar 15. Bar 16 includes more interval ideas, this time in the form of diatonic sixths. The solo concludes with two arpeggio ideas, the first being A major 7th, followed by an F#m7 arpeggio performed with a 16-note triplet sequence.

To see my other Aeolian Mode solo, click here.

As always, below the YouTube video you’ll find the backing track to play along with, and below that, the tablature. Aren’t I nice?!

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Melodic Rock Solo Using The Aeolian Mode

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