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When we start our journey on the electric guitar, we are often mystified by the ability of seasoned guitar players, who can improvise and piece together melodic lead lines on the spot. Let's join Callum Bair as we learn the techniques behind creating quality single-note licks, solos, and melodies. To achieve these techniques, Callum will focus on 4 scales that can provide us an endless amount of melodic material: the Minor Pentatonic Scale, the Major Pentatonic Scale, the Minor Scale, and the Major Scale. In addition to learning two positions that work for each one of these scales, he will cover a variety of different licks and solos. By learning licks that utilize each one of these positions, we will better understand the melodic potential that lies in each one of these scales. William will also cover the core inflections that are standard in modern lead guitar - such as bends, vibrato, hammer-ons, and pull-offs as well as a variety of exercises that isolate and develop different aspects of single-note guitar playing.
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In this series, we will gain insight as to how we can create our own improvised licks and lead lines utilizing the four cornerstone scales of lead guitar playing: the Major, Minor, Major Pentatonic, and Minor Pentatonic scales. We will play along with, and test our skills against, twelve all-new and original backing tracks that will help us break down the barriers to learning the language of lead guitar!
Callum Bair introduces us to his new course, 'The Language of Lead'.
To open the course, we will take a look at one of the cornerstones of lead guitar - the Minor Pentatonic Scale.
For our first lick of the series, we will expand our application of the Minor Pentatonic Scale with a look at a classic Blues lick that incorporates a slide within the scale.
In this next lick lesson, we will break down a very familiar Classic Rock lick that utilizes a vibratic bend.
For our last Minor Pentatonic lick, we will look at a slight variant of the Minor Pentatonic Scale that incorporates the fabled “Blue Note.”
Expanding on our knowledge of the Major Pentatonic Scale, we will now look at a slower vibratic bending lick that is used widely in many of the classic 80’s power ballads.
Continuing with the Major Pentatonic Scale, here we will learn a classic lick based on what is often called the “B.B. King Box”.
Closing out our section on the Major Pentatonic Scale, get ready for a lick that uses the 'B.B. King Box', but in a Modern Pop context - similar to the style of the Blues/Pop crossover artist John Mayer.
Moving on, in our second technique lesson of the series we will take a look at a useful exercise that focuses on perfecting the singing quality of proper vibrato technique.
The Major Scale is by far the most common scale used in western music. In this lesson, we will break down this useful scale in two separate positions on the neck.
Jumping into the application of the Major Scale, here we will revisit our Hair Metal roots with a look at a lead line in the style of an 80’s power ballad.
Continuing with the Major Scale, now let's take a look at a tasty lick in the style of Neoclassical guitar.
It can be argued that no genre is as synonymous with the Major Scale as Pop. In this lesson, we will look at a Pop-style lick that utilizes the Major Scale.
For our next technique lesson, we will look at two of the key tools used in playing lead guitar: hammer-ons and pull-offs. Here, we will break these techniques down and show how the proper application can increase our speed and dexterity while navigating the fretboard.
Now we've made it to our final scale of the course, you guessed it - the Minor Scale. In this lesson, we will dissect the Minor Scale and discuss its relationship to the Major Scale.
Let's apply our knowledge of the Minor Scale and head back to the realm of Neoclassical guitar! In this lesson, we'll take a look at a Minor Scale application of this popular style.
Further expanding our use of the Minor Scale, in this lesson we will look at a lick that uses the scale to set a tone that conveys a sad or melancholy mood.
We use our minor scale again in this intense ascending rock lick. We also learn the essential technique of tremolo picking.
In this last technique lesson of the course, we will look at a few key exercises that can help us develop a crucial skill needed for successful lead playing - alternate picking.
"Moving on, in this next lesson we will discuss the Major variation of a couple key figures that can really help identify and use your chord shapes in a lead setting - triads and arpeggios.
Continuing with our triads and arpeggios, in this lesson we'll cover the Minor variations of these key figures.
Let's put our arpeggios to use! In this lesson, we will work on playing through a simple two-chord progression utilizing our major arpeggio shapes.
Now let's put our minor arpeggios to use! In this lesson, we will work on playing through a simple two-chord progression utilizing our minor arpeggio shapes.
You've come this far, now it's time to get your solo on! In this first full solo, we will learn a short guitar melody in the style of modern Pop- country artists like Carrie Underwood, then view an example solo by William before taking the reins and applying all of the lead skills we've learned thus far to create our own full-fledged guitar solo!
In this next full solo, we will repeat the same method and look at a Classic Rock style melody that highlights the guitar playing of the great Rock bands of the ’70s.
Continuing this method, in this next solo we will look at a lead line in the style of the Modern Pop and Blues crossover artist John Mayer.
Let's keep adding to our repertoire of guitar solos by taking a look at this Neoclassical-style solo that hints at the classically influenced Rock of the ’80s and ’90s.
Congratulations on making it this far! In our final solo and lesson of the course, we will take a look at a lead line that focuses on slow melodic parts over a power ballad backing track.
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Monique Brooks-Roberts, The KYN, JoFoKe, Brionne Aigné
Good explanation of contrast between two vibratos. Practice track very helpful.
A camera on the back of the neck for a little while would have been he
Having to relearn scales and modes all over as the chemotherpy I had affectd my memory,I am now having to relearn most that I had already learned. This is exactly what I was looking for!!
Love love love the double stops
Points out the impact of subtleties
starting to visually put together where these patterns fit in and like the focus on the vibrato and bends
The previous lessons were good building blocks, but this one really started to put it all together. Pretty challenging and fills in some gaps!
Very detailed presentation of what is required / what is going to be covered in the course