Guitar Lessons - Improve Your Lead Technique
clear and comprehensive
lessons will give you the skills and confidence you need to create
those spine tingling solos we all love. Simply start at the
and work through the lessons in the
order they're presented, following the path to becoming a more
confident and dynamic lead player.
Skillful lead isn't about playing as fast
as possible, although speed and
timing are important soloing elements. Lead is primarily about personal
expression, as though you're
through the guitar. Don't get too caught up in the notes-per-second
race. Speed will come naturally.
The lead guitar techniques
below can be seen as the physical application of notes and scales on
the fretboard. So the two go
hand in hand (see the scales section in the top menu).
The idea is to equip
yourself with a number of ways of getting from one note to the next in
your solo - bend, tap, string skip, hammer on, slide etc.
Learn Lead Guitar Step by Step
up your fingers with these
finger warm up exercises
Alternate picking simply
involves using down and up picking strokes
alternately. Not as easy as it sounds at first, so this lesson should
help you develop solid timing, a decent level of speed and confidence
stages. Also in this series...
Impeccable timing is what separates the great guitarist from the
mediocre. This series offers a clear practice method for developing
your rhythm and timing, including note values, triplets, syncopation...
nail this early on, and your progress will soar. Also in this series...
Video showing you some ideas for using
open strings in your lead playing.
to Practice Scales
Apply the timing elements from
the series above to scales. Focuses on speed and scale
navigation techniques to help
you get physically comfortable with moving around the fretboard. Also
in this series...
A library of essential
exercises to improve your speed
and timing. This series covers the physical aspects of scale navigation
including runs, intervallic movements and string skipping.
Also in this series...
A lead technique that
involves playing two notes simultaneously. Starting with the basic
double stop fingerings and exercises and moving on to mixing them with
regular lead phrases from scales. See also:
String skipping is pretty self
explanatory. The idea is
to "skip" over strings in your soloing phrases to create less linear
patterns with wider intervals. This lesson provides the basics and
explains how the technique is beneficial and how to pick licks
that use string skipping. Also in this series...
Pedal pont is
a technique that involves alternating between a fixed or re-articulated
note and other notes. A great way to develop several core lead skills
in one go.
This lesson will get you up to speed with some basic exercises.
String bending really does
liven up boring, flat
solos, and every lead guitarist should be confident with using bends.
Learn to bend with ease and precision with this two
part series with video.
Part 1 introduces the physical basics, before we move on to more
bending techniques in further parts (below).
An essential technique for
punctuating your lead
phrases. On guitar, vibrato is applied using a form of repeating,
bend. This lesson (with video) shows you the basic technique, essential
exercises and some different ways of applying vibrato.
guitar, legato simply
refers to playing without
picking. This is acheived predominantly through the use of hammer ons
and pulls offs. In these lessons I'll introduce the basic hammer
on and pull off techniques, provide exercises to get all your fingers
involved and finally look at combining the two.
Mastering slides will help you move smoothly and fluidly over the neck.
A very cool sounding, yet simple skill to master. We start
with the basics, getting physically comfortable with sliding between
frets, in and out of notes. See also:
A simple way of using hammer-ons, slides and bending to inject feeling
and emotion into your lead playing. Once you've learned those core
techniques above, this lesson will show you how to apply them to scales
Different ways you can physically play arpeggios, including alternate
picking, string skipping, rolling, legato, sweep picking and tapping.
Using the techniques in this lesson will help you play arpeggios faster.
Explores Octaves and how to
incorporate them into your playing. If you've just learned your scales,
they are a great way to branch out from the "practicing scales" sound
to something more melodic. Octaves are also helpful to memorizing the
Get to grips with the physical
side of tapping and
your knowledge of scales will integrate naturally. If you follow both
below and take your time mastering various tapping rhythms and the
of it, it's actually not as difficult as it sounds!
Also in this series...
video series will give you a solid introduction to sweep picking,
including right hand/left hand syncronisation and sweeping some basic
arpeggio patterns. Note that you can find a library of patterns for
sweep picking in the arpeggios
Essential Lead Guitar Tools
Song Slow Down, Chord Detect, Key Change & More
Song Surgeon allows you to import a sound file (e.g. mp3), slow it
right down, cut out the vocals, hear it note-for-note and loop the part
you want to learn. As well as changing tempo, you can also change the
pitch of the audio to learn it in different keys and there's even
automatic chord detection. Far more productive than learning purely by
Learn More About Song Surgeon Here
Metronomes help you keep time during your practice, allowing you
to speed up gradually (think increments of 5 BPM) as your confidence
improves. I strongly recommend using a metronome for every lead
learn. Get into the habit now! This one's my favourite...
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