LEAD GUITAR INTERMEDIATES
Before tackling this course, you should be comfortable with all the material from Essentials Part 3

Welcome to the essentials course part four! In this set of 5 lessons, we will be learning a cool spider exercise to help improve your speed and accuracy on the guitar and we will be learning two challenging licks, then getting them 'under your fingers' so you can improvise with them. We will finally be revisiting the airports idea and recapping everything you should have learnt so far. As always, take your time and have fun!

Summary: Spider exercise

We have been doing a lot of work with the pentatonic scales, but we need to now prepare our fingers for more intricate scales and solos. These spider exercises really help improve finger independence, and the 1,3,2,4 is a particularly unnatural feeling exercise... which is why it’s perfect!

Materials: 1324 exercise tab

Below, you can find the link to the full tab for the 1324 exercise. We would highly recommend using the slow down function to play along with the exercise as this will help ensure you stay in time, which is a crucial part of the exercise.

Summary: Cool lick 1

It’s always great to learn new licks, and today, we will be learning a lick based in pentatonic shape 1 & 2. In this instance, it’s in the key of C minor, but in the next few lessons we will be transposing these licks, so make sure you can spot the shapes. Here are the pentatonic shapes we are using:

Materials: Cool Lick 1 tab

Use the tab below to make sure you are playing the lick properly. As always, take advantage of the looping and slow down features on the tab!

Summary: Cool lick 2

It’s always great to learn new licks, and today we will be learning a lick based in pentatonic shape 4 & 5. In this instance, it’s in the key of C minor, but in the next few lessons we will be transposing these licks, so make sure you can spot the shapes. Here are the pentatonic shapes we are using:

Materials: Cool Lick 2 tab

Use the tab below to make sure you are playing the lick properly. As always, take advantage of the looping and slow down features on the tab!

Summary: Airports Revisited

We have now done a lot of work with new solos and licks, so our airports idea is going to become even more useful. During this lesson, we will take you through how to apply your new licks using this technique and then how to take it one step further with your five shapes and the linking patterns. It is important that you try these ideas out for yourself, so we have provided a set of backing tracks to ensure you can practise properly.

Summary: Final Recapp

At this point of the course, there are certain things that you should be able to do in order to move on to harder concepts... here is a list of those things:

  • 1. Your 5 Pentatonic Shapes including how to move between the shapes (linking patterns)
  • 2. The 'Airports' idea to be able to find the root notes and pentatonic shapes
  • 3. Spider Exercises (1234 and 1324) that should be used as warm ups to develop speed
  • 4. Techniques - You should be confident with bends, slides and hammer ons / pull offs
  • 5. Have played through all the licks and solos and got them up to speed

All done?

Congratulations

You've now completed Guitar Skills: Lead Guitar Intermediates 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.