Songs and Solos: Creating the Right Solo for Every Song.
Songs and Solos: Creating the Right Solo for Every Song
Rikky Rooksby, author
c/o Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing
33 Plymouth St, Suite 302, Montclair, NJ 07042
9781617131035 $24.99 (paperback) www.backbeatbooks.com
"Songs and Solos" is an eye-opening guitar solo creation text that incorporates multiple aspects of integrated guitar solo composition and performance in contemporary settings. Beginning with a handy introduction titled How To Use his Book, "Songs and Solos" presents its comprehensive information in twelve sections covering history of the guitar solo from the 50's to the 90's, basic concepts of soloing, use of other instruments besides guitar for solos, positioning and integration of the solo in the song, implications of guitar style and choice, relations of scales and harmony to solos, non-scale solos, scales and major key chord progressions, minor key soloing, out-of-key chord progression soloing, soloing over complex harmonies, and interesting quotes about soloing from famous guitarists. In addition, the accompanying CD to "Songs and Solos" contains 42 sample solos in a variety of styles, moods, and keys, plus separate backing tracks for the reader to play over. To further assist the guitarist, the solo samples are accompanied in section eleven by full score guitar notation plus tablature and additional comments. In summary, "Songs and Solos" is an invaluable tool for innovative guitar soloists and teachers seeking further depth and challenge in the creation and grounding of working guitar solos in contemporary songs.