LEAD GUITAR INTERMEDIATES
Before tackling this course, you should be comfortable with all the material from Essentials Part 1

Welcome to the intermediate lead essentials course part 2! Over the next 5 lessons, we will be learning cool new techniques, applying them to a really cool rock riff and even learning linking patterns which will allow you to solo all the way across the neck! There is a lot of information to cover in this course, so take your time with each lesson and gradually move through the course, and as always, have fun!

Summary: Technique Test

In this lesson, we look at legato style of playing. This basically means using hammer-ons, pull-offs and slides. These techniques can easily turn a boring scale into something far more exciting! Let's first take a look at how these techniques look on tab:

Materials: Legato exercise

Below is the link to the tab for the full exercise shown in the video. This exercise is really challenging at first as you have to work on getting the strength in your left hand. Start by playing it nice and slow to ensure you are hearing all of the notes clearly.

Summary: 'White Dog' performance

To put our new techniques and all 5 pentatonic shapes into practice, we will learn this cool Led Zeppelin inspired riff! As we go through this riff over the next two videos, be sure that you are always trying to visualise the shapes as this is how you will learn to improvise. Watch this whole performance video through and then move on to the next lesson where we will take you through how to play it.

Summary: 'White Dog' part 1

The whole riff is written in the key of B minor. The riff starts all the way up in Pentatonic shape 4 and gradually works its way back to shape 4 and 3, a whole octave down the neck. Make sure that you can pick out the scale shapes as you go through the riff. The shapes used in the song are as shown here:

Materials: 'White dog' tab

Here is the tab for the entire song. Remember to only go over the licks we have covered in this video. Use the looping function and the slow down function to make sure you have it correct before moving on.

Materials: 'White dog' tab

Here is the tab for the entire song. You can now go over all the licks and start to put them together to create the tune. Use the looping function and the slow down function to make sure you have it correct before moving on.

Audio: Backing Track

Here is the song backing track and full audio file. Remember that you can use the tab above to play along if you prefer, as well as the performance video of this lesson. This is at full speed, so be sure to put the practice in before you attempt this.

Summary: Linking Patterns 1

The idea behind linking patterns is to find very musical ways through the 5 pentatonic shapes. These will end up proving very useful as guitar ‘runs’ that you can build up speed with. The exercise actually kicks off in the 5th shape of the pentatonic scale, then to the first, then second and finally finishing at the top of the third. If you struggle to visualise this, hopefully this will help:

Materials: Linking Patterns 1 tab

Remember that the little notes in the tab are called grace notes. These are very quick notes that you immediately slide away from. Try to play along with the audio on the tab to ensure you understand the rhythm of the linking pattern.

Summary: Linking Patterns 2

For our second linking pattern we are using the 3rd, 4th and 5th shapes of the pentatonic. This pattern is a little trickier as it is higher up the neck and harder to visualise the shapes. Hopefully this fretboard diagram will help:

Materials: Linking Patterns 2 tab

Remember that the little notes in the tab are called grace notes. These are very quick notes that you immediately slide away from. Try to play along with the audio on the tab to ensure you understand the rhythm of the linking pattern.

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

Essentials Part 3

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, so plenty of bending, vibrato and feel involved to make it sound great!