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What is solo, really?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Suckbird, May 18, 2005.

  1. Suckbird

    Suckbird Banned

    May 4, 2004
    When i hear the word solo i think of something played alone with no other instruments, like stu hamm, but i wouldn't say check out the bass solo "country music" by stu hamm... i would say song?

    but if solo is when something is played alone, the most guitar solos have bass/drums/guitar and maybe synth going on at the same time, so what is a solo really?
  2. conk97


    May 2, 2005
    redditch, uk
    its something that deviates from the verse/chorus riff.

    or a wankfest :p
  3. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    It's a feature for that instrument - in Jazz, a "solo" is where a featured instrument plays an alternate melody - you can play a bass solo with a whole big band behind you, playing stabs or fills - it's still a solo!! ;)

    Of course solo literally means alone - but in music it has also come to mean a feature for an instrument.
  4. zombywoof5050


    Dec 20, 2001
    I think you're confusing 'solo' with 'a solo'.
    Playing 'solo' means without anybody else.
    Playing 'a solo' is usually just playing a section of improv within the song, and it can be with or without the other band members still playing.
  5. Correlli


    Apr 2, 2004
    New Zealand
    For me, there are three types of "solo's"

    - Unaccompanied solo
    - Accompanied solo or melody
    - Lead-break (term used from my guitar days)

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