Taking solo guitar lessons or just working on guitar soloing on your own can be a very frustrating thing, as the art of learning solos or creating your own means opening the doors to a very expansive musical universe. That is why its important to be well aware of some key factors that will make learning guitar lead a whole lot more beneficial.
The first thing that I would suggest is to formulate a small game plan with inside of a larger game plan. It kills me how so many people with anything that they do, don’t see success when they don’t have even the smallest inkling of a blueprint
for success. On a piece of paper, define what it is that you need to work on, and then do a review of your plan of action as often as possible. Keep track of your progress with things like learning scales and modes, technique, and speed.
Take scales and modes in small pieces. Take the time to learn a complete section of a mode, but then break the pattern down into a smaller section of notes, say 5 – 8, and see what you can do with them. The sky is the limit when practicing this,
so don’t worry about breaking any rules.
Learn the chords that accompany scales and modes. Dorian works well with minor 7th chords, Lydian goes well over major chord structures, that point is – there is a bit of a science to this. Take the time to track down and memorize what chords work best with what modes.
Focus on expressing yourself through the arsenal of smaller techniques. Bends, hammer ons, pull offs, slides and vibrato are just a few ways that you can make a note or series of notes sound more interesting.