Angus Young

Guitarist Angus Young of AC/DC performs at Conseco Fieldhouse on Nov. 3, 2008 in Indianapolis, Ind.

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­Since even the best economy is unreliable, it's a good idea to have a­ contingency plan. For example, many survivalists are already learning how to work as blacksmiths and farmers. If farming isn't your strong suit, perhaps you'd be better off as a professional musician. While "professional rock guitarist" may not be the most conventional (or practical) choice for a second career, wouldn't it be an incredible job? If you're going to prepare for life as a rock star, you'll need to learn some guitar solos.

­No self-respecting guitarist feels complete without memorizing a few guitar solos, so unless you plan on singing, playing drums or singlehandedly bringing back the glockenspiel, it's in your best interest to learn at least one or two. Even the most committed rhythm guitarists have one or two wild scales up their sleeves. Almost every genre of music has a place for a guitar solo, and some -- such as the blues and metal -- orbit around a catchy riff or a frenetic lick. Guitar solos can vary widely; some rely on quick finger movement between frets, while others incorporate occasional chords, hammering or bending notes. If you want to be a good guitarist, it helps to learn a few solos -- either riffs that can be modified to fit into chord progressions or specific licks to show off your technique in a jam session.

This three-part tutorial will teach you how to play a blues turnaround worthy of a veteran musician, explaining each note in a step-by-step fashion. You'll learn invaluable finger techniques, musical theory and -- of course -- an amazing guitar solo.

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