Songs and Solos
Creating the right solo for every song
by Rikky Rooksby
Guitar solos have been part of popular music since the amplified electric guitar enable guitarists to be heard as clearly as a jazz trumpeter. Memorable solos are an integral part of great rock songs. With Songs and Solos, Rikky Rooksby, author of Backbeat’s best-selling series for songwriters, helps guitar-playing songwriters to make the best use of solos in their song and teaches exactly how to create awesome solos that will really help their material stand out.
Getting the solo right can make a big difference to the song’s impact. This essential handbook is a manual of creativity for guitarist who want a deeper understanding of lead guitar solos. The main aspects of soloing techniques are covered, and Songs and Solos also makes the reader understand how and why a given solo works in a particular song, and how to enhance a song with a well-crafted solo.
Based on the study of nearly 900 songs from six decades of great music, it explains the musical role played by solos, illustrates which notes work over any chord sequence, and offers a comprehensive range of hints and tips for creating instrumental breaks that will enhance any song. An accompanying CD includes no fewer than 42 sample solos in a range of styles and moods. Separate backing tracks are provided for the reader to work with and play over.
For songwriting guitarists, the book goes beyond mere instrumental technique to demonstrate how lead guitar can be made to serve a song rather than simply decorating it. It also explores the wide range of other instruments that can be used to create really stunning solos.
8.5″ x 11″
272 pagesBackbeat Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard
About the author
Rikky Rooksby is a guitar teacher, songwriter/composer, and writer on music. Backbeat Books has published his best-selling titles, such as how to Write Songs on Guitar, Inside Classic Rock Tracks, Riffs, The Songwriting Sourcebook, Chord Master, Melody, How to Write Songs on Keyboards, Lyrics, Arranging Songs, and How to Write Songs in Altered Guitar Tunings, and 14 guitar tutor books in the Fastforward series. His transcription work includes songbooks of music by Bob Dylan, The Stone Roses, David Bowie, The White Stripes, and The Beatles, and he has contributed to magazines such as Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Guitarist, and Bass Guitar Magazine. Visit his website at www.rikkyrooksby.com.