Last time we talked about playing using the 3 S's: Slow, Steady and Soft. Lets look at the other crucial component of learning a solo; Vocalisation.
Vocalisation means to sing out the solo. You could also hum it or mutter along to it. The main thing is that you can make a sound when all the notes should be in the correct order.
To play a solo from a song you need to know it. If you think you know a solo to a song, try and air guitar and sound out the notes with your mouth. If you truly know how the solo sounds you will be able to mouth the entire solo as easily as singing the words.
Once you can Vocalise, then you can connect the tabs with what your fingers are doing with the original piece. Vocalising will also make it easier to slow down the solo in your own head.
So give it a go! Air guitar away! It really is a useful tool!
'Till next time,