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Old 02-27-2013, 10:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Having a lot of trouble playing like Joe Satriani. And would like all of your wisdoms on constructing a guitar solo .

I guess to be more clear, any info on note groupings, how the progression relates to the solo, hybrid picking, uhhhh

Having trouble expressing what I mean. To put it best, I am an intermediate guitar player who wishes to become and an advanced guitar player
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It takes practice. To practice takes time, dedication, patience and persistence.

Now, what to practice is another story. "Playing like satriani" is a lofty goal. A fine goal to have, but it's pretty broad and possibly long term depending where you're coming from. Probably too much for an internet thread. It sound like you'd be well served to find a teacher who can help you figure out specific things to work on to get you to that goal.

That said, have you tried picking some Satch tunes and learning them by ear? The melody for something like "Always With Me, Always With You" isn't that fast or complicated. Maybe the solo is out of reach for now, but if you have the aforementioned time and patience, you can learn it. Learning his songs will help you learn to play like him.
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Old 03-09-2013, 03:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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if what you're trying to do is learn to play guitar quickly, you're most likely going to want to learn how to improvise efficiently. To do this you're going to need to learn a thing or two about the diatonic scales and how you can fit them together. Once you know the scales you will be more able to strap them together and improvise an entire high-quality solo. I've done this for songs of mine in the past and it works very well, but like what was said before, it requires LOTS of practice and you need to have the motivation to go out and practice your guitar REALLY often. It might be annoying and painful at times, but if you can practice your guitar that often, I guarantee you will get better.

Personally I've been doing guitar for 10 years now (almost 11) and the amount of practice i've put into it has shown in my ability to play sweeping arpeggios and quickly master almost every finger-tapping technique that i can find.

tl;dr? Music theory and practice. One with the other will get you good at guitar faster than you could imagine.
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Old 03-11-2013, 05:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If you want to play like Satriani, THAT'LL takes LOTS of time, practice, and persistence. I'd lower the goal a little. One you get more consistent at hitting solos, then you can just go along with your goal of playing like Satriani.
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have a question.. is a guitar solo like a group of notes put together in a melodic way leading up the the main melody line of the song but played a little bit differently with added extra notes and such?
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:39 AM   #6 (permalink)
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there's this book called "play what you hear" that besides giving you a bunch of stuff to work on.. has this section on getting you to hear how every note relates to the background harmony. and using a one string at a time approach to really get to hearing what you play..

i don't know much about melody's played at top speed, but something you learn in music theory is that music is composed of 3 things... Melody, Harmony and Rhythm. its good to understand them to kind of figure out whats going on when you play music.

An for anyone i guess it applies the idea that is no good to play faster than you can think, one can get carried away building muscle memory and forget to really hear whats going on.

Steve vai has this section on his web page called "little black dots", talks about making music from a different approach, a more aural learning to be unique approach, its better to be you as much as you can than to sound like someone else or do stuff because others have done it, but i guess one needs to find out for oneself..

i was told that music can be a path to self realization.
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