From Guitar Scale to Lead Guitar

May 12, 2017:
From Guitar Scale to Lead Guitar

PART ONE:  In example one, our focus will be on the importance of establishing a theme. Musical themes are paramount to producing the most connected musical statements. In example 1a, we learn our foundation theme and then in example 1b we'll expand upon that theme to create a new statement that shares the same harmony and musical perspective in a slightly different way.

Example two helps clarify the way choppy /broken rhythms can operate against more flowing phrases. This effect is a powerful rhythmic phrasing device that allows a melody to create more involved contrast between musical lines. Example two demonstrates how to use this technique around a key of "F Minor" chord harmony. A broken feel is found in measure one, with a contrasting steady flow of notes being applied in measure two.

PART TWO: The second half of the lesson begins with an example of developing shapes from your scale that operate across the guitar in unique ways. Example three applies a segmented along the neck "G Major" melody. The segmented idea wraps up with a two-string sequenced pattern. Intervals and string slides help create a greater sense of melodic contrast.

In example four, a demonstration of how applying fragmented multi-position phrasing can pull a phrase across the neck and at the same time introduce a cool sounding musical effect for how scales are performed. A "C Minor" scale is used to show how several scale patterns can be played across the neck in different positions. The melody in this example changes position often using subtle alterations to the flow of the melody line to create more flow of the rhythm.

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