Do you love Thin Lizzy and Iron Maiden? If so, you'll definitely be aware of twin lead guitar parts and how effective they can be in rock music. We discuss how you can create your own twin lead parts and analyse some of the best!
Before we get started looking through some great tunes, we'll have a quick discussion about harmony. Firstly, the main thing you will need is the major scale. So if you can play a full 7 note major scale, you are already one step ahead. You need to remember that you will be talking about the scale in terms of 1st degree, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th. In the case of Thin Lizzy we are using the key of Ab, which looks like this (see diagram below). Remember that rather than saying the note as Ab, we say the 1st degree. Or rather than Bb, we say the 2nd degree.
The most common harmony is in thirds. This is where one player takes a lead line based in the major scale, and the other takes the 3rd above each note (based on the major scale). So for example, if Andy played the 1,2 and 3 (Ab, Bb and C), Thomas would play the 3rd, 4th and 5th (C, Db and Eb). Simple as that!
We then move on to learn this awesome track, or at least, the main riff from the track. The whole thing is based around the Ab major scale. If you would like to learn this track properly, we would recommend checking out the tab here.
We then take a look at this great tune, but it kind of falls apart as it's so hard to play! However, if you wanted to learn this lead part properly, check out this tab. The cool thing is that the whole lead guitar part is based on the E minor scale (and E minor pentatonic), so here are the scale shapes you need!