Guitar Soloing With 4 Notes: Less Is More Or More Is More?

Tommaso Zillio

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Here is a simple question that divides guitarists and has caused more than a flame war: "how many note should I play in my guitar leads"

On one side we have the Blues player, firm in their conviction that "Less is more". On the other we have the Shredders, following the path indicated by Yngwie when he said: "How can less be more? More is more!"

This video will not tell you who is right in this debate. It's YOUR music: you should play exactly what you want!

I personally think both sides have their good points: the Shredders are correct that you do not want to have technical limitations, and the Blues players are right that you should choose your notes carefully.

Today I show you an exercise in which you have to choose your notes carefully: we will limit the number of notes we can play over a given chord. But this does not mean that we will have to play those notes slow! (We will see also how to create 'shreddy' parts with just a few notes)

So:

  • Blues players: watch this video to see how to supercharge your note-choosing skills
  • Shred players: watch this video to see how you can use just 4 notes and still play fast
  • Everybody else: watch this video to expand your playing horizons and break some new ground

Take the 4-notes guitar challenge:

Note: those are just a few examples (I put just a few to keep the video short enough), so feel free to create your own examples and to share them here!

If you need more help with your note choice, here is my solution: the Master of the Modes guitar course that will show you your scale/arpeggio options on ANY chord progression and will also show you how to actually play (i.e. this is not JUST a 'theory' course, but an APPLIED course where we do actual music)


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