Solo (music)

musical piece or part of musical piece performed by a single musician; musical performance by a single voice, musician or instrument

In musical performance, a solo is a piece or a section of a piece that is played or sung by a single performer. This performer is called a soloist. A soloist can be a singer or an instrumentalist.

An instrumentalist performing a solo on a bandura

Solos are common in classical music and jazz. In popular music, a solo is an improvised melody[1] played by a single performer, such as a guitar solo. In the country music genre a solo is known as a ride.



  1. Miller, Michael (2004). The Complete Idiot's Guide to Solos & Improv. ISBN 1-59257-210-3.