Understanding Iconic Solos (Something By The Beatles)

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So you know some scales and lead guitar techniques, but every time you try and come up with your own solos you’re left wondering why you don’t sound like one of the legends. Well, that’s because many of the most melodic lead lines are actually closely linked to the chords they’re played over.

George Harrison was a master of this very concept. And in this video lesson, Ayla breaks down his iconic solo from the song “Something” by The Beatles. It is truly a masterclass in understanding how to follow chord changes and create beautiful melodies on the guitar.

Unlike many modern popular songs, “Something” contains several non-diatonic chords (chords that don’t naturally exist within a key). Playing over chords like these can be particularly challenging because you’ll want to incorporate some notes from outside of the standard major, minor, or pentatonic scales to better fit them.