Welcome to the essentials course part three! Over the next 5 lessons, we will be adding bends to your repertoire, learning how to link your patterns across the entire neck, and tackling the most challenging solo yet! The solo is a ZZ Top inspired track which has plenty of bending and vibrato, as well as a whole lot of feel to make it sound great! As always, take your time and have fun!
Bends can be an extremely challenging technique for most beginners but once you get them, they can bring your lead playing to life! Firstly, let’s talk about how to perform the bands:
We are currently learning a full bend, half bend and quarter bend, each of which are pictured above. With a full bend, (indicated by the number '1') we bend the note up a whole tone (2 frets), a half bend (indicated by the fraction '1/2') we bend the note up a semitone (1 fret) and with a quarter bend (indicated by the fraction '1/4'), we nudge the note up a little bit before stopping it dead.
We have gone through 2 linking patterns, one which uses shape 1 - 3, and a second which uses shape 3 - 5. In this lesson, we are taking those two patterns and joining them to form one epic linking pattern! This will seriously help with your fluency across the neck and will become an important part of your improvising. The exercise starts in the key of A minor, then moves into the key of C minor. Spend extra time as you go through making sure you can visualise the shapes.
This solo will not only test your knowledge of the pentatonic shapes in 2 keys, but it will also test your speed, accuracy and feel on the guitar! To start with, the solo is in the key of A minor, followed by a switch to C minor halfway through. In this first video, we look through the first and second lick which use the first two shapes of the A minor pentatonic scale, as shown in the fretboard diagrams.
The next set of licks will move you across shapes 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the pentatonic scale, so prepare yourself for some jumping around! The shapes can be found in the fretboard diagrams.
The final set of licks initially start in A minor but then jump to C minor. This type of key change is common in rock music, but it does mean that you suddenly need to find the pentatonic shapes again! The shapes are all written out in the fretboard diagrams to help you out.
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