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    Default Questions about learning to solo

    I've always been one to just learn songs note for note and have never really developed any skills at learning to solo. I can play a ton of songs spot on, but I have almost no improv skills to speak of and I've reached the point where I've got to do something about it.

    I've seen some CD's on the net called "Band In The Pocket" that look pretty good. Anybody ever use these? Does anyone have any other recommendations about some backing tracks? I think if I get some music going in the background that consists of just bass, drums, and keyboards playing some simple blues grooves, then I'll gradually develop a knack for soloing.

    I know my way up and down the fret board within the different major and minor pentatonic scales, but I've never developed any skills on putting them to use. These days I enjoy the blues style more than metal. I mostly find myself playing with a clean sound to moderate distortion just to give it some bite.

    Any pointers are greatly appreciated.

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    depends on your budget, there are drum machines that run between 200 and 500 bucks that do drums and bass and sometimes other instruments. You can program from scratch or just loop pre-programed beats with some random fills.

    This makes for a great way to practice lots of styles without needing other musicians.

    I keep 2 around, one is good at looping pre-programmed styles and one is fully programmable.
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