Free Lead Guitar Lesson...
Top Secret Info!

It's not really "top secret" info, of course -- but this free lead guitar lesson will show you how to create your own exciting electric guitar solos. There's a video and important links to other lesson pages that will give you quality instruction on how to play rock guitar solos. The guitar lesson video is at the bottom of the page. But first…

The rest is up to you! I'm supplying the ingredients and the recipe, but you've gotta follow the directions and do the cooking. It's up to you to bring the patience and dedication to the table! In other words you're gonna have to practice.

This is straightforward and honest information. It can be applied to any style within the rock genre. It's not a lesson on how to "shred." However, if you ARE into shredding the information in this guitar lesson will help you to develop your own sound and style.

Overview of this free lead guitar lesson...

  • You'll learn about the necessary techniques to play lead guitar.
  • You'll be able to access free printable guitar scale charts.
  • The free lead guitar lesson video will take you slowly through the material and give you an idea of things you can do to create your own electric guitar solos.
  • Last but not least, it will hopefully provide some inspirational fuel for you on your guitar playing journey.




A Little Background Information

For this free lead guitar lesson, you'll need to pull together some information from other areas. In this lesson video I use the A Minor Pentatonic Scale because it's so common. If you don't know what this guitar scale is, go to that lesson page now and take advantage of all the free downloads. There's also a free downloadable jam track there :-)

Important Info: Don't think that this minor pentatonic scale is all you need to know in order to play great lead guitar. There's a lot to learn ahead. Great rock guitar players such as Slash or Jimi Hendrix use(d) a variety of scales, tools and techniques.

One of the most effective techniques used by great guitarists is to create excitement with a strong melody. This is done by targeting specific notes -- particularly at the end of musical phrases. Having a strong artistic vision of the song itself is also extremely important.



Phrasing: Musical phrasing is like a stream of notes that has a beginning and an end. It is quite similar to if you were to whistle or blow into a trumpet -- when you ran out of air, you would need to begin a new phrase. A guitar solo is usually composed of several musical ideas -- or phrases -- that connect in an intelligent way.

Space: Space is highly underrated by most aspiring guitarists. Great lead guitar players are not afraid to use empty space. Don't play. That's right -- stop and pause for a couple of seconds! This will generate even more emotional connection with your listeners as well as giving you a chance to tune into your creative flow.

Guitar Techniques: There are guitar techniques you'll need to know such as vibrato and string bending, sliding and slurring notes, hammer ons and pull offs. There are more than this, but these -- along with phrasing and space -- are more than enough to create compelling guitar solos.

In this free lead guitar lesson we're going to focus mostly on the techniques and scales. The phrasing and space concepts are something that you will develop both with experience and by listening to great players such as Slash, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Blackmore, and all rest of the fantastic guitar players not mentioned here. The players I mentioned are simply a few of the masters of phrasing and space when it comes to lead rock guitar. It is by no means meant to be a definitive list -- it's just to get you pointed in the right direction.




Lead Guitar Tips


There's another video below with a basic overview of lead guitar techniques -- bending, vibrato, hammer- ons and pull-offs.



Here's a list of tips to keep in mind as you progress with playing electric guitar.

  • Listen to other good players
  • Find other people to jam with if possible.
  • Memorize the A minor pentatonic scale over the entire guitar fretboard.
  • Learn how to put those pentatonic patterns into at least 2 or 3 other keys.
  • Learn the difference between major and minor pentatonic scales.
  • Try learning some easy guitar solos from artists you like. Even just one phrase out of a solo you like. Yes, on your own by ear. You can do it!
  • Experiment with the sounds on your amp or pedalboard. Read the owners manual :-)
  • Practice to jam tracks if you can't find others to jam with -- but have a specific goal in mind for your practice session.
  • Learn a few old school blues licks. BB King, Albert King, etc.
  • Learn some triads from the C A G E D system across your fretboard once you've gotten your feet wet with some of the other things listed here.
  • Don't forget about rhythm! That's what makes lead guitar sound great -- a cool rhythm. I mean, how fast are ya gonna go? Do ya have any other gears? Yngwie Malmsteen plays very fast but it's still melodic and his phrasing is beautiful. Jimi Hendrix is an amazing rhythm guitarist.





Further Reading and Study:

Amp Settings

Guitar Finger Exercises

Free Guitar Licks

E Minor Pentatonic Scale




I hope you found this free lead guitar lesson helpful and inspiring. Thanks for tuning in and tuning up!

Dave

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