Crafting Parts for Modern Lead Guitar

Skill Building Guitar Course from Eric Ruscinski

Eric Ruscinski's course on crafting lead parts for modern guitar is designed to expand your skill set in regard to lead guitar playing, and help you move around the fretboard more confidently. By the end of this course, you will have the tools to craft some simple but effective lead guitar parts!

25 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.


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Full Course Breakdown

Eric starts this course out by reviewing multiple scales and chord shapes and some tools to unlock the fretboard with the main focus on the pentatonic scales. As the course progresses, Eric will give you some examples of lead guitar playing and some skill-building exercises! Each lesson will be accompanied with an exercise and backtracking track so you can really lock these concepts under your fingers!



Eric introduces us to "Crafting Parts for Modern Guitar: Lead"!

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C Major and Pentatonic Scales (C Shape)

For the first section of this course, we will be working on unlocking the fretboard and connecting some notes. In this lesson, we began unpacking the CAGED system, starting with the C shape.

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C Major and Pentatonic Scales (A Shape)

Let's move on to our A shape!

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C Major and Pentatonic Scales (G Shape)

In this lesson, we are still in the key of C but now in a G shape.

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C Major and Pentatonic Scales (E Shape)

Moving through the CAGED system, we are working on our E shape in this lesson.

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C Major and Pentatonic Scales (D Shape)

Completing our introduction to the CAGED system, Eric talks us through the D shape rooted in C major.

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D Major and B Minor Scale (CAGED Shapes)

Now that we have the CAGED system under our fingers, let's move these shapes to a different key!

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2 String Major Pentatonic Shapes

In this lesson, Eric puts our focus on the major pentatonic shapes that we can move up and down the guitar neck.

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2 String Minor Pentatonic Shapes

Let's take some of the concepts from the previous lesson but this time we are shifting to minor pentatonic shapes.

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2 String Pentatonic Shapes (3rd and 4th String)

For this lesson, Eric gives us a little bit of a challenge where we are going to play the C major pentatonic shapes on just the 3rd and 4th strings!

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2 String Pentatonic Shapes (4th and 5th String)

Let's take those pentatonic shapes and move them to strings 4 and 5!

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2 String Pentatonic Shapes (5th and 6th String)

For the last lesson on our 2-string pentatonic exercise, we move to strings 5 and 6.

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Connecting Pentatonic Shapes, Part 1

In this lesson, Eric introduces us to some of his concepts involving the guitar shapes we have learned and being able to start on one spot on the guitar and smoothly finish at a different spot on our guitar!

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Connecting Pentatonic Shapes, Part 2

Now that we have some of these tools to start making these connections on our guitars, let's move onto a new run!

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Connecting Pentatonic Shapes, Part 3

Let's do one more pentatonic run within the concept of connecting these pentatonic shapes, this time we start with C major.

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Pentatonic Triplet Exercise

In this lesson, Eric gives us an exercise that will get us more familiar with the shapes that we have learned, with the goal being to help us "think less" when improvising with lead guitar.

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Major Arpeggios: C & A Shapes

In this lesson we dive into arpeggios, which helps us to better connect our shapes!

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Minor Arpeggios: C & A Shapes

Let's take the concepts from the previous lesson, and focus on minor arpeggios for this lesson.

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3rds in G Major

Eric discusses 3rds in this lesson which can add some great texture to your lead guitar playing!

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Single String Leads in C Major

In this lesson, Eric touches on some lead parts we can play on just a single string!

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Semi-Tone Bends in G Major

We further our knowledge of some lead guitar techniques, by reviewing single-string leads, slides, and vibrato to help us open some doors to better lead guitar playing!

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Open E String Lead in E Major

In this lesson, we take the concepts from the previous lesson and move them into the key of E major.

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Pentatonic Melodic Lead Hooks in A Major

For this lesson, we improvise with the pentatonic scale when looking to write lead guitar parts, melodies, or even solos!

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Volume Swells and Textures in B Major

Let's bring some texture to our lead playing along with learning how to use volume swells!

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Fingerstyle Dyad Leads in B Major

For our last lesson, we break down dyads and how to use them when creating lead parts!

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