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Learn Guitar - Play Rock Songs
You now have free full access below to the exact same beginner guitar lessons I have used to teach thousands of students how to play the guitar. Follow each lesson in order shown and be playing guitar and popular songs in no time.
Learn Guitar - Online Lessons
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of playing a lead guitar solo? 98% of guitarists would immediately think of some scale or scale pattern; very few would think of using chord shapes.
Here is a very simple yet effective way to create powerful, musical solos...
Step 1: Begin with the basic chord progression of the song you want to solo over.
I'll use a simple three chord progression in the key of G.
G /// | D /// | C /// | C /// |
Step 2: Design a variety of chord shapes on a defined string grid.
String grids are essentially groups of three stings i.e., grid 1 = strings 1, 2 & 3; grid 2 = 2, 3 & 4; grid 3 = 3, 4 & 5 grid 4 = 4, 5 & 6.
Since we are working on lead guitar solos I would recommend using string grid 1.
Step 3: Using voice leading principles create your chord shapes from a predetermined point on the string grid; the best way to make sure you have all your options covered is to begin with the first chord and find as many ways to play this chord on the string grid you have selected.
How does this help you with your lead solos? Easy you simply pick any of the notes (strings) that are in your chord shapes.
Here is an example:
G chord = you could play
G chord = you could play
Try playing different string sequences and see how many new sounds you can come up with! Once you find a pattern you like change to the next chord in your chord progression and use the exact same picking sequence, then on to the next chord with the same picking sequence.
Learn Guitar - The Beginners Guide to Learning Chords on Guitar
If you're looking for how to learn and master the guitar I think I can help you. Mastering guitar play obviously takes hours of practice but how and what you practice are by far more important than how long you practice. You need to learn to be both efficient in your practice time and you also need to know how to keep your practice time fun so you stick with it.
So why do you want to know how to learn and master the guitar in the first place? Is it because you've started a band and want to start playing out? Is it because you're already playing out and have found yourself in a rut? Heaven forbid... did the unthinkable happen and your band broke up or worse? Hey, get used to it, it happens. The good news is that whatever your reason for wanting to know how to learn and master the guitar you're going to find plenty of help on the web.
What's even better is that lessons circa 2009 are a millennia ahead of the lessons I had when I started playing twenty plus years ago. If I'd had the lessons then that I have access to today you'd be playing MY tunes on guitar hero lol. Enough about me though, if you're going to learn how to learn and master the guitar I think you'll need keep two jars full to get both the knowledge you need and enjoy practicing enough that you'll stick with it.
When you use the Guru software, you download a session of your favorite song. The Guru software then displays the tablature right on your screen and plays the notes along with you through the sound on your computer. It's simply amazing. The Guru software is free and the sessions cost between $7 and $10. Well worth it. Imagine downloading your favorite tunes and having an instructor right in front of you exactly at the moment you're motivated to learn the song. It's truly amazing.
Personally I'm having a blast playing Red Hot Chili Peppers tunes and Van Halen licks with the help of the on-screen guitar tab and music tones. I hope this has helped you think about how to learn and master the guitar. Maybe someday I'll be playing your solo on guitar hero! Visit the site in the signature tab below to find the lessons reviewed above.