Lead Guitar Tutorial
Your lead playing can really improve if the phrases (licks) you play are closely related to the accompanying chords.
Each lick in this piece is positioned around its accompanying chord and contains notes that work closely with the chord.
This piece is in the key of ‘C’ major. It uses intervals and ‘roll-overs’ .
Use your first finger for all notes at the eighth fret.
The second finger for all notes at the ninth fret and third finger for the note at the tenth fret.
This bar contains three pairs of notes (3rd intervals). Play both notes at the same time.
Use your third finger for all notes on the fourth string.
For the first pair of notes your second finger for the note at the ninth fret on the third string.
For the second and third pair of notes your first finger for the note at the seventh and fifth frets on the third string.
This bar uses a roll-over (a sequence of repeated notes).
Throughout this bar keep your first finger holding down the notes at the first fret on both the first and second strings.
Pick the first note, then hammer-on the second note with your third finger.
A hammer-on is when a note is played and while it is sounding the force of a finger hitting another note on the same string causes the second note to sound. This technique uses only the fretting hand and not the pick to sound the second note.
Then pick the third note. Repeats this three times.
This bar goes through a series of 6th intervals. The notes of each interval are played individually.
Use your second finger to play all notes on the third string.
USING THE LICKS
Below are the same series of licks, however they have all changed position on the fretboard so that they will now work over the chord ‘A’.
The fingering of each lick remains the same as in ‘Country Licks’. However, the position of the licks on the fretboard has changed.
Now, all of the licks are all based around the fifth fret and the barre chord of ‘A’.
This series of licks can be moved around the fretboard to work with all major chords that have their root-note on the sixth string.
Here, is an example with the licks following the chords of a 12 Bar Blues progression in ‘G’.
Experiment with this by playing licks around various major chords.
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