This grade 5 guitar solo is a transcript of a constructed solo used by a student for their grade 5 Rockschool exam. You are free to use this as a guide or for ideas for what to do at grade 5, but I recommend changing parts or making up your own too.
In the first 3 bars, we have a quick sextuplet legato pattern. You pick the first note and pull off the second and third notes, and then repeat this pattern throughout.
For the 2/4 bar there is a lead part that mimicks the backing guitar part.
For the next 3 bars, we bend the 3rd string using 2 fingers (second and third) to bend up, and keep the first finger in position on the second string without bending it. Play both strings together like a chord and bend up the 3rd string.
The final bar is a quick rundown using mostly alternate picking in 16th notes. There is a quick hamme on and pull off on the (12h13p12) using your first and second finger and for this you only pick the first note.
End on a slide down to knowhere, which means lift off and mute the slide before you get to fret 1.
Next there’s a pretty fast riff to get stuck into so be prepared to go straight into that.