02 December 2023 - 03 December 2023

Introduction to Playing Solos – Part 2

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A full weekend dedicated to the skills and techniques involved in building and playing your first guitar solos. This workshop will focus on practical tips on the theory and skills needed to get started building your own solos, dynamic picking ideas, vibrato, slides, target notes and much much more.

Milk Shed Studios, RG42 6AN, UK


Fully booked

Want to start creating your own solos?

Well now you can! You will discover how to start to create your own solos and what’s important to consider when doing so. This is our continued introduction to:

  • Major and minor scales, The pentatonic scale
  • How to join pentatonic ‘boxes’ to create simple, effective, fluid solo lines
  • Hitting target notes, playing in keys, adding extra sauce using slides
  • Pick attack, vibrato, string bending, blue notes
  • Different tones for different styles
  • Learning famous solos

And much much more!

Get a Toolkit to create your own solos

This is a totally practical and ‘hands on’ workshop with loads of time to play and jam with others. Ian will bring his years of experience of writing and recording original music and playing/performing live to these workshops.

This 2 day workshop is designed to continue our introduction to how you can create your own solos, how to know what to play and when. PLUS in part 2 we will be looking at some CLASSIC guitar solos, how they are built, why they are amazing and how YOU can play them.

Ian’s Biography:

Ian has spent the last 40 years writing, recording and performing in bands and working on projects with: Jimmy Page, Brian May, Chad Smith, Stiff Little Fingers, Reef, Steve Vai, Wilko Johnson, Zodiac Mindwarp & the Love Reaction and many more.

Ian co-authored the book ‘Running a Band as a Business’ with Bruce Dickinson (Little Angels, Waterbear Music College) and Ian has also written extensively for Guitarist & Total Guitar magazines.

A former Director at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford and Head of Operations at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London, Ian now consults for music schools and artist development programmes around the world and is the founder at Guitar Breaks.

The Detail

See below for more information about this event, how to travel to us and what to expect.

If you would like to travel to this workshop, there are a number of hotel options available locally depending on your budget. Here are some examples:

*Premier Inn, Bracknell: Wokingham Road, Berkshire, RG421NA 

You can visit the hotel’s website here

(*This Premier Inn hosts the local Brewers Fayre which can be found here)

The Village Hotel, Bracknell: Bagshot Road, Bracknell, RG120QJ

You can visit the hotel’s website here

The Stirrups Hotel, Warfield: Maiden’s Green, Bracknell, RG426LD

You can visit the hotel’s website here


The Milk Shed is only 10 minutes from the M4 and 20 minutes from the M3 motorways. So pretty convenient if you are planning to drive, plus there is parking on site!

We have a guide on flying to us with your guitar here.

A two day workshop filled with learning and jamming solos with Guitar Breaks founder: Ian Edwards.

An Introduction to Soloing – Part 2 focuses on the key skills required to start building and playing your own guitar solos. PLUS we will start to learn and perform key guitar solos from some of the great players in history!

We will be based in our own custom built studio, with fellow guitar players.

  • Workshop starts at 10am both days
  • We spend the morning getting under the skin of the key skills needed to start building your own solos
  • Break for a packed lunch (**bring your own) at 1.00pm
  • Back at it by 2.00pm
  • We will spend the afternoon putting all you have learned into practice.
  • Saturday will finish around 5.00pm
  • Sunday will finish at 4.00pm so guests can get home in good time
  • Studio located here: Milk Shed Studios, RG42 6AN