How To Create Amazing Blues Guitar Solos Using Open Strings

Soloing With Open Strings On Guitar Part 2: How To Play Awesome And Unique Blues Solos On Acoustic Guitar

by Simon Candy

In the first video of this series I showed you a very unique way to solo on your guitar using pentatonic scales and open strings. We are going to take this technique further today by applying it to a very common scale pattern to create awesome blues guitar solo lines. This pattern may be common, but when we apply our forward and backward banjo roll patterns to it, as we did in the first video, it will enable you to move horizontally across the fretboard, and in the context I will demonstrate it, enable you to play awesome acoustic blues guitar solo lines that will blow people away!



A New Key

This particular way of playing using open strings on your guitar is limited to certain keys. This is because whatever key you may be in, the open strings themselves do not change. In the first video we were in the key of Em. This worked well with our open string technique because each of the open string notes exist within this key:

E F# G A B C D

In this video we will be using the key of Am to play unique blues solo lines on our guitar. The open string notes also exist within this key so it is also a great candidate for this technique:


There are other keys that work well too, however if you find yourself in a key that is not suitable (i.e. none, or very few of the open string notes are in the key), then simply use a capo.

A Common Blues Guitar Scale Pattern Played Very Differently

This video lesson will be based around the following guitar scale pattern in Am:

This pattern is great for blues guitar soloing on your acoustic, and you probably already know it if you’ve been playing for a little while. However, we are going to change this pattern up a little by applying our open string guitar soloing technique to it.

This is the end result:


Open String Blues Guitar Scale Pattern



The main difference between this video and the first video is that we now have the ability to move horizontally across the fretboard using our open string soloing technique, not just vertically up and down.

Watch the video to see how I have created the above scale in detail, and to hear it demonstrated over a backing track to create awesome, unique and explosive blues guitar solo lines! I will also demonstrate how to integrate this technique into your “normal” blues guitar soloing to bring great contrast and depth to the lines you play.


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