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Solos in music can be pre-rehearsed performances of memorized notes or they can be improvised. In genres like rock A Finnish music story - Musician Matti Mattila wrote his story for us, a Finnish music story! Please read also his Finnish blog and check his page at LinkedIn. I named this article "A Finnish music story" because through Matti words we can know an exclusive tale about late 70's and 80's of Finnish music. Of course the personal thoughts… and jazz, which heavily feature the guitar, solos are often improvised. To deliver a great solo, it is important to have a solid understanding of guitar scales.

One reason for this is that it can be challenging to make a rehearsed solo sound inspired and fresh. Another reason is that each performance of a rehearsed solo will be identical, whereas improvised solos offer a range of possibilities.

Fortunately, the guitar is a relatively simple instrument for playing scales. This is partly because transposing to different keys is as easy as playing the same finger pattern in different positions on the fretboard.

A great starting point is to practice playing the major scale using a finger pattern that can be easily applied to any position on the fretboard. This allows for easy playing in any key. It is also straightforward to play all the minor keys by playing the relative minor of any major key you have learned. This variety expands the potential for musical expression during improvised solos.

This finger pattern can be adapted for playing blues or any musical mode in jazz. Learning to play the major scale in additional movable finger patterns further enhances versatility. Completely new patterns, such as whole-tone scales, can also be explored to expand the repertoire.

Having knowledge of multiple scales allows for experimentation during improvisation. Solos can also incorporate chords created by playing two or more notes simultaneously or by playing single notes from common chords.

With experimentation comes more experience and ultimately better musical expression. Recorded solos can be studied and imitated to add to the repertoire. Proficiency in traditional sounds and developing For Game Design - Andrea Angiolino was born the 27th of April, 1966 in Rome, the city where he still lives. He published many boardgames and books about games, besides developing games for every media. His works appeared in more than a dozen of languages including Korean, Czech and Maltese. He is a game journalist on national magazines, newspapers,… a personal style will gradually be acquired. The result is a more enriching musical experience for both the player and the audience.

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