Chicago, IL, May 09, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Tom Hess, online guitar teacher and guitarist of the band Rhapsody Of Fire has announced the release of an online resource created to help guitar players write their own guitar solos. This resource teaches the idea of guitar soloing with an unconventional combination of vocal melodies (sung by Rhapsody Of Fire vocalist Fabio Lione) and guitar playing concepts.
Hess comments on guitar players in general: “Most guitarists try to create interesting melodies in their lead guitar playing but struggle to do so because they are making several fundamental mistakes. Fact is, guitar players like to show-off their guitar technique skills and look for any opportunity to do this in their solos. There is nothing wrong with this, however, the guitarist ends up focusing too much on technique and not enough on getting everything out of each note they play.”
In Hess’s resource he discusses an alternate approach to guitar soloing: “Like most guitarists, I have improved my own lead guitar abilities by listening to my favorite guitarists and learning from them. However, I have also made massive progress in my own guitar playing by emulating the vocal style of my favorite singers. This has helped my guitar melodies immensely, and this is the approach I take when showing other guitarists how to make highly melodic guitar solos.” He explains: “For instance, compare the guitar solos of most guitarists to the vocal melodies of most singers. You will find that singers focus more on singing a great melody, while guitarists tend to focus on technique and ‘playing fast.’ That said, most guitar players’ solos (when compared to a singer’s vocal lines) lack a sense of melody. Unlike guitar players, singers must make every note count because each note they sing is a word in the song.”
Many guitar players search online to find lead guitar or guitar solo instructional products. Hess takes issue with the instructional methods of these products: “Nearly all guitar instructors teach lead guitar in the same way. They will essentially throw a bunch of techniques, licks, or riffs at the guitar player, and assume that the player will be able to use them in some way. This approach to teaching lead guitar is totally wrong.” He continues: “If you are a guitar player who is struggling to create great solos or nice lead melodies, the last thing you need is just a bunch of licks thrown at you. Guitarists in this situation must learn how to combine their technical skills together with a great understanding of melody. This is why learning lead guitar with a singer works so well. Singers are experts on melody, and can teach you to make great lead guitar ideas in spite of the fact that they do not even play guitar. By learning this way, you get the best of both worlds as you begin to play better melodies while still utilizing guitar-specific techniques.”
Hess’s resource about writing a guitar solo
is available on his website http://tomhess.net.