Dennis Hodges blends conceptual lead instruction for developing solos, improvising, and harmonizing along with lead techniques such as legato, sweeping, and alternate picking.
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While the rhythm guitarist focuses on song structure and accompaniment, lead guitar playing focuses on melody lines, solos, and improvisation.Begin the Course
Dennis covers the basics of the major scale. Then, he introduces you to improvisation within a one octave scale pattern.
Dennis introduces the minor scale. You will improvise within this scale and work on a written solo as well.
Dennis teaches harmonization in 3rds, diatonic and non-diatonic 4ths, 5ths, diatonic 6ths, and atonal harmonization.
Dennis teaches key improvisational concepts such as blending scales, phrasing, and staying within a scale.
Dennis Hodges teaches sweeping technique, 3 string triads, and 2 octave arpeggios. Also included is an etude written specifically for JamPlay!
Dennis covers many tapping techniques in this lesson. From basic to advanced, get ready to learn something new!
Dennis teaches a bunch of cool metal and rock tricks in this lesson!
Dennis Hodges teaches you some of the basics to writing your own solos!
Dennis Hodges teaches the basics of improvising a solo over a backing track.
Dennis teaches some basics on how to interpret a piece of music and make it your own.
Dennis dissects a solo he wrote that stays in the 12th position box of E minor.
Dennis Hodges dissects an advanced, extended solo he wrote in A Minor for this lesson.
JamPlay instructor Dennis Hodges is back with a two sided metal solo! This pack of lessons contains an intermediate and advanced level metal solo. You'll be utilizing bends, sweeping, arpeggios and talking about modes that fit into a neo-classical modal genre. By learning the easier of the two solos, you get to see how you can simplify and scale down your playing. Learning the harder of the two will provide you with embellishment ideas to really fire up your metal soloing!
To get things started, Dennis offers up the first four measure phrase of this easy metal solo. He also discusses the E Phrygian Dominant mode, which will be used throughout most of this solo.
Now that you have the first phrases of the easy solo under your fingers, let's put a little heat into the lick. You're working out of the same E Phrygian Dominant scale here, but you're adding some embellishments and tapping.
Here's another four bar phrase of the easy metal solo. This phrase is predominantly arpeggio-based. It ends with a big bend and slide out.
Like the second phrase of the easy solo, this advanced phrase is also predominantly arpeggio-based. However, it adds speed and flash for a more speed metal vibe.
Dennis is back with the next phrase of the easy metal solo. Phrase three incorporates a step sequence where you play a note, go up a step, then leap down in a repeated fashion.
Just like the other advanced phrases, this one is an embellishment of the easy lick. To amp up the step sequence of the easy lick, this advanced phrase adds triplets.
Dennis Hodges is back with another lick from the easy metal solo. Phrase four is the final phrase of the easy metal solo. This lick isn't incredibly fast, but it combines a pull-off to open strings, which gives the lick a lot of character.
Phrase four of the advanced solo is another embellishment of the easy solo. To amp up the speed and give it a more metal edge, Dennis introduces trills that bounce off the open strings.
At this point, you should have all four phrases of the easy solo under your fingers. In this lick entry, Dennis discusses how to connect the phrases together in order to play the entire solo seamlessly.
Congratulations! You've learned all four phrases of the advanced metal solo. Now, let's take a look at how to connect those phrases for a seamless solo!
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Only seen a little but the teacher it's really thorough and good
watch a few of these and you find just how easy it can be to get into solos. I'm past this, but came back to check out any new ideas...