LEAD GUITAR BEGINNERS
Before tackling this course, you should be comfortable with all the material from More Notes, More Fun Part 1

Welcome back to the 'More notes, more fun' course, and we will be continuing where we left off! We will be taking the scale shapes, applying half step bends to them and learning a really challenging solo. The solo will take most of this section of the course as it is very tricky, so take your time with it and have fun!

Summary: Half Step Bends

In the pentatonic scale, the smallest interval between notes is a tone, or two frets, so when we bend notes, we are bending up one tone. With our full scale, we now have notes that are a semitone, or one fret, apart so now we must master the semitone bend. Here is a diagram of the notes you can easily bend a semitone (one fret) up:

Audio: Backing tracks

I would highly encourage you to start practising these bends over all kinds of backing tracks. It can take a while to really pitch a half bend, so the best way to practise is with the backing tracks. A good approach is to play the note that you are trying to bend to, then return to the first note and bend it up to that sound. Also, try to use all four fingers when practicing to make sure you can do a half bend in any circumstance with any finger. Have some fun with it!

Summary: Reggae Solo Part 1

If you like a bit of Bob Marley, you’ll love learning this cool reggae solo! The solo is in the key of G minor and we are using both the G minor pentatonic and the G minor scale. We have integrated position 1 and 2 as well as position 1 again a whole octave up the fretboard, which is a common thing for lead guitarists to do when improvising! This is a tricky solo so take your time and have fun with it. Here are the shapes we are using:

Materials: Solo tab

Below is the link to the full tab of the solo. Remember to just focus on the licks we have learnt in this lesson as we will be going through more licks in the next lessons. Use the looping and slow down facility to make sure you know the licks inside out before moving on.

Materials: Reggae Solo tab

Below is the link to the full tab of the solo. Remember to just focus on the licks we have learnt in this lesson as we will be going through more licks in the next lessons. Use the looping and slow down facility to make sure you know the licks inside out before moving on.

Materials: Reggae Solo tab

Below is the link to the full tab of the solo. Remember to just focus on the licks we have learnt in this lesson as we will be going through more licks in the next lessons. Use the looping and slow down facility to make sure you know the licks inside out before moving on.

Audio: The solo tracks

When you are ready, you have the backing track and full solo here to play along to. It is worth trying to play with just the backing track as you will not be 'hiding' behind the recorded guitar part. It will be all up to you to make it sound awesome!

Summary: Improvising Practice

Improvising is something you have to practise! A lot of guitarists think that you either 'have it or you don't' when it comes to improvising, but that isn't the case. To practise improvising, you need to make sure that every time you learn a new solo, lick or riff you, immediately try to apply it to other things. This may be in a songwriting process, jamming to a backing track or even jamming with a band. Watch the above video carefully to start to understand how you can break down licks and get them under your fingers more and more!

Audio: Backing tracks

Here is a selection of backing tracks for you to use to practise your improvising. It is important to practise over as many styles, rhythms and keys as possible, which is why all of the tracks are so different. Have fun!

All done?

Congratulations

You've now completed Guitar Skills: Lead Guitar Beginners and taken a huge step forwards in your guitar playing journey.

Feel free to bask in glory for a while, or go ahead and try another course if you're hungry for more.