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When listening to the solos and lead lines of history's great rock guitar players, it can be overwhelming to figure out where to start! At the core of all of these great rock guitarists' playing is a large repertoire of licks that they can apply to multiple situations, genres, and styles. Learn some of the most classic core concepts and licks that start your journey into being a great well-rounded lead guitar player.
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Callum takes you through some of the fundamental techniques that go into lead guitar playing, all through the lens of small digestible licks. In addition to learning 8 classic licks, you will learn 3 solos that put each lick together to teach you how to go from playing small melodic lines to comprehensive and cohesive solos. Start your journey of learning how to solo, improvise, and create your own sound on the instrument with these iconic licks and techniques.
Callum Bair introduced us to "Flying Solo: Beginner Rock"!
In our first lick, we will look at how the simple concept of a slide can transform a boring scale shape into a musical statement.
The greatest guitarists always seem to have some magical touch that makes their instrument sing. In this lesson, we will look at a lick that makes use of vibrato, so we can work towards an intuitive touch on our instrument to make even the simplest lines memorable.
In addition to vibrato and sliding, there's another basic technique that explores the vocal quality of our guitar: Bending. In this lesson, we will learn a lick that uses half-step bends, and discuss some general pointers for improving our finger strength on the guitar.
Following up on our introduction to half-step bends, we will now push even further to whole-step bends!
Learning short two-bar licks can be exciting, but then the obvious question arises: How do I use these? In this lesson, we will learn a blues-rock solo that uses all of our licks in context, to introduce us to the craft of lead guitar.
Have you ever wished that the lead guitar had a cheat code? While hammer-ons won't solve all of your problems, learning them can be a great avenue to playing fast on your instrument without having to worry as much about your right hand.
Now that we've learned one cheat code, it's time to learn another! In this lesson, we will look at pull-offs and how they offer us a variety of similar benefits that we just saw in hammer-ons.
If hammer-ons and pull-offs are so similar, you might be wondering if we can combine them. In this lesson, we will look at the 'legato' approach to guitar, where we can utilize both hammer-ons and pull-offs.
Following up on our last lesson, we will continue discussing how we can use hammer-ons and pull-offs together, and the unlimited potential for speed that these two techniques give us.
We tackled a solo centering around a minor pentatonic sound, so now it's time to look at a solo that centers around a major sound. In our second solo, we will see the 'upbeat' feeling that comes from a major sound, as well as the culmination of all of our hammer-on and pull-off licks.
Playing two-note power chords is just for rhythm guitar, right? In this lesson, we will learn the concept of double-stops, and how we can play two notes at the same time for our solos as well.
At the core of all of our favorite classic rock solos, is the blues. In this lesson, we will look at a lick that combines vibrato and bending in the style of the greats like Chuck Berry.
In this next lesson, we will learn a lick that teaches us the basics of alternate picking.
We already learned one of the most classic double-stop licks, so how about one more? In this lesson, we will learn a lick that can instantly be recognized from solos spanning from the early 50s to the present day.
In our final lesson, we will take all of the techniques learned from double-stops and alternate picking, and learn our most Rock 'N' Roll solo of the entire course.
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