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Welcome to our very exciting and very thorough Brian May player study! In this study we will be mainly focusing on Brian May's lead skills, tackling the style, tone, scales and arpeggios he uses to create his very unique sound. To ensure that you are able to take all of your new knowledge and apply it to you playing, after completing the player study, we make sure that you understand every aspect of each solo we look at, breaking down the theory of it as well as the technique.

  • Unit 1 | Take A Bow
    We kick off our first unit with an awesome Brian May style solo, based around some of his more theatrical Queen solos. We focus in on his vibrato style, flowing lead, behind the beat playing as well as his tone. This is a great place to start as well don't need to dive into too much theory at this point, so we can really work on getting his sound using the various techniques that we have available to us as guitar players. Don't worry, that doesn't involve playing with a coin, Brian May can keep that for himself!

  • Unit 2 | Lead Clusters
    Let's get down to some nitty-gritty by looking at a fantastic way to start grouping scales and chords into "lead clusters" that will help you quickly navigate chord changes whilst playing some very cool lead licks.

  • Unit 3 | Queen Of Hearts
    In our third unit, we will be working on some more application of our "cluster" concept by learning another Brian May style solo. As well as that, we'll be continuing to narrow down on Brian's lead guitar techniques, scale runs and even some of his awesome rhythm playing.

  • Unit 4 | Harmonies
    When we think of Brian May and Queen, one of the first things that comes to mind is harmony guitar parts! It's such a huge part of his sound, and you've already heard a range of harmony parts in the backing tracks of the solos that we've already covered. Now it's time for you to learn how to do these harmony parts.

  • Unit 5 | Brian Taps?
    In our final unit, we will be tapping into Brian May's more advanced playing. Pun intended! We'll be taking an early Queen style track to teach you some bluesy, arrogant playing, with some advanced tapping techniques thrown in for good measure. This solo is instantly applicable to all of your usual bluesy rock soloing as well, making it extra useable!