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#1155531 - 07/24/19 08:28 PM Learning how to play Lead Guitar  
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For years, I wasted a lot of time combing through Youtube videos, trying to find a teacher who can teach me how to play lead guitar.

I played Rhythm guitar for decades, but each time I made an honest attempt to learn how to play lead, it was such a frustrating process, that I found myself giving up.

There were some good players on Youtube, but most did not know how to teach lead guitar, without dragging me through mind numbing theory, or confusing me more than anything else.

Finally, I figured out how to play lead.

I can teach you to play in any key, in any genre and across the entire neck and to walk into any room, pick up a guitar and jam in key with anyone without any prep.

Before learning how to play lead, everything I played sounded like a car wreck. Now, as you can hear, it sounds pretty darn good. This is a sample of my playing straight through without any punch ins and without having to think about what to play next.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1N5Y2BdW8q51Qc4idG0EU6ENI6NBTIOsA/view?usp=sharing

If you're interested in taking lessons, email me at leadlessons@musicfusion.us. Rates are reasonable and the lessons are done through the net.

I find that playing lead opened up a whole new world. It is immensely satisfying, fun and impressive.

#1160773 - 01/19/20 11:40 PM Re: Learning how to play Lead Guitar [Re: CFD]  
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Learn some scales. Pentatonic for starters.

#1161801 - 02/24/20 08:25 PM Re: Learning how to play Lead Guitar [Re: CFD]  
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I've noticed that the best solos I like are really scales...maybe with a few changes. I find scales hard to memorize, though. And I think for students, terms like pentatonic and mixolodian are intimidating...they sound vaguely satanic. Can you suggest any resources that might help explain things? (Note: I clicked the link on OP, which is the summer of 2019. Already gone! Anything else?)

#1161803 - 02/24/20 08:36 PM Re: Learning how to play Lead Guitar [Re: Jeff Epstein]  
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Originally Posted by Jeff Epstein
I've noticed that the best solos I like are really scales...maybe with a few changes. I find scales hard to memorize, though. And I think for students, terms like pentatonic and mixolodian are intimidating...they sound vaguely satanic. Can you suggest any resources that might help explain things? (Note: I clicked the link on OP, which is the summer of 2019. Already gone! Anything else?)


Youtube has a chitload of videos on soloing. The best guitar solos are singable. I used to be WAY better at soloing than I am now. WHat I do now is I sing a solo and then try to emulate it on the guitar, to be all part of my song.

#1161805 - 02/24/20 09:14 PM Re: Learning how to play Lead Guitar [Re: CFD]  
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Pentatonic scales are actually quite simple -- there are 5 patterns that you hear about it all the time. They all connect so you can move from one to another seamlessly once you learn them. Everyone seems to know pattern 1 and I also know pattern 5 and 2 since they are below and above pattern 1 with "connecting" notes. Here are the five patterns for the A minor scale. Quick note: Slid any minor pattern down 3 frets (flat) and viola, you have the major pentatonic scale!

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#1161967 - 02/28/20 08:46 AM Re: Learning how to play Lead Guitar [Re: CFD]  
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It seems to be like a riff and some sort of beat.
I know it is more complex then that.
The pentatonic scale was revolutionized by Tony Iommi. Who wanted to bring out his expression with the numeretic scale being born without fingertips.
Scales do not tell everyone with the expression what is heard from them the best. Even if they increase the chances in an audition.


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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGZj1g-Fb0HSN4PtzegjzIA

3 of 6 tracks of 2 ep's that are best of the rest. or more like bust of the rust.
https://www.songcastmusic.com/profiles/mattbanx

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