Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: San Antonio, TX
Re: solos with metronome?
The metronome would be in the same role as drummer. If you really want to, you could take note of exactly which phrases fall in each bar, then play those phrases in each bar. Really, what you're asking to do is impossible with tablature. Tablature doesn't give you any indication of time. If you had the musical notation, you could take the timing from there and apply it to the tabalature. Unless you're going to incorporate timing from musical notation or just figure out the timing on your own, you'll have to just practice and do it by feel.
To continue the Sweet Child O Mine example, If I give you a backing rhythm guitar and drum track, it shouldn't be that hard to play along once you've memorized the solo to the point where you're beginning and ending very, very, very close to where the record is. Hell, you could probably do it without the metronome or backing track if you're familiar with the solo to the point that you can hum it, you could probably hear the rest of the band in your head as you play it. Don't get me wrong, metronomes have their places. They can be indispensable (although I prefer a drum machine). I really tend to use metronomes and drum machines more for keeping a precise rhythm and just let the melody and phrases fall where they feel natural within the particular bar. I understand what you're trying to accomplish, but I think you might be making it seem harder than it is.
Last edited by RedTiger; 02-24-2010 at 11:26 PM.