Before tackling this course, you should be comfortable with all the material from Episode 1 - The Number #1 Thing That Will Improve Your Guitar Playing

Summary: We're Back!

In our second show we discuss a number of ways you can start to develop your improvisation and guitar soloing skills without learning a tonne of songs, solo's or scales. We also play 'name that riff in one' with Andy and Thomas... It's a shame Thomas doesn't know the name of any songs!

Part 1: Just start jamming!

During this section Thomas and Andy discuss how to start soloing, and there are a lot of great points mentioned. The key takeaway is simply to 'start'! Pop on a backing track and use your minor pentatonic scale to just start playing along. There is no right or wrong with this process, as you are developing your voice. Below we have a few of the key tips Andy and Thomas mentioned as well as the scale shapes they talked about to get you started.

    Top Tips: 4 things to get you started

  • Tip #1: Think melody. Try to play notes in a way a singer would sing, with breaks and vibrato.
  • Tip #2: What can you get out of just 4 notes in the middle of the scale. You could even try moving up the octave to those same notes in pentatonic shape 2. Then you only need to use your 1st and third fingers.
  • Tip #3: Try to play horizontally as well as vertically. Take the same scale notes and put them on one string.
  • Tip #4: Get a good library of licks to utilise as starting points

  • Keep learning: Beginners lead course

  • If you want to keep learning about this subject and get some real structure into your learning, check out our in depth, free, beginners lead course here: Lead Guitar Beginners Course

Part 2: Name That Tune In One

We loved this section! The four tracks were 'Highway To Hell', 'I Feel Good', 'Roll Over Beethoven', 'Immigrant Song' and 'Superstition'! If you are interested in learning these tracks, simply click the links below and we'll direct you to either the lesson on our site or on Andy's!

Ready to move on? Remember to check out every lesson in this unit first – then try the next unit...

Episode 3 - The Christmas Special

It's Christmas, and that can only mean one thing for guitar players... Jazzy chords and dodgy guitar presents! In this episode, as well as playing through some Christmas crooner classics, we talk about great gifts you can buy for guitarists at Christmas time!