Hey, Neil here.
Like I mentioned in the video above, I have never been a fan of singing, it’s just not my forte.
When I used to play for my friends they would always ask me to play their favorite songs, and I would be happy to oblige, but the problem was that they wouldn’t always recognize them.
I knew I was playing the song correctly, but without the melody or lyrics, some songs can be hard to identify, after all it’s the combination of harmony, the chords, melody, and the rhythm that make up the components of a complete song.
How did I solve this problem?
I learned to create my own chord solos, also known as instrumental arrangements.
So, what exactly is a chord solo?
A Chord Solo is an instrumental arrangement of a song that incorporates the chord progression, the melody, the rhythm, and wraps them up into something playable by a solo guitarist.
They also make great instrumental sections to a song you are singing, much like the original recording might include a lead break.
Learning to play instrumental arrangements goes well beyond just getting your friends to recognize the tune you're playing, it provides a set of skills that opens up a world of possibilities for creating your own chord solos.
How will I learn to create my own chord solo's you ask?
As with most of my lessons, I like to use songs that incorporate the techniques you'll need in order to achieve the end result, in this case creating your own instrumental arrangements.