Perfect Scale for Lead Guitar

Looking for that perfect scale pattern for guitar solos? A pattern that's going to deliver exactly what you'll need for your next major or minor guitar solo? Well, you're in luck! This lesson has a couple of shapes to help you play some great lead and become as effective as you can be...




NOTE:
If you want to adopt a more rigorous total guitar solo workout routine, then you will want to pair this up with the Advanced Guitar Program on my website www.CreativeGuitarStudio.com

We’re continuing on our guitar neck series today with a lesson covering a few, “Perfect Patterns for Lead Guitar.”

It’s hard to declare total perfection from guitar scale patterns because it’s almost impossible to just use a few scales to hit every type of musical situation out there.

But, in this lesson I’m going to focus on the most popular sounds and show you some great shapes to start using for making music with.


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MAJOR SOUNDS:
We’re going to begin with major sounding ideas first and I’ve got a really nice Major shape that I’ve been showing my students here in the studio for years now and I know you’re going to get tons of mileage out of it too.

First, let me run through and demonstrate this fret-board scale pattern for you, so that you can start learning it at home.

Major Shape:

 Blue note is for bends

This sound can work over top of almost any major idea in music and it can even work well over Blues with a slight modification of adding a passing tone at the 10th fret of the 4th string.

Blues Modification:



So next, let's run through a short melodic statement that I’ve written for you to try at home.

Melodic Example 1). 



Next, have some fun using this shape over a jam-track in the key of, “A Major.” Just fool around and work on making up a few melodic ideas.




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Practice Tip:
Use an 'online chord jams web-app' like, "ChordChord.com" to create fast backing tracks for testing new scales at home...

You can learn how to use "ChordChord" in my video lesson on how to,  "Master Scales and Melody." There's a great tutorial for you at the [12:05] mark.

Experiment with the sound, practice making up phrases that come across as interesting to your ear. And, remember to use phrasing devices like; slides, bends, hammer-on’s, pull-off’s and vibrato to make the music that you play sound more interesting.

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MINOR SOUNDS:
Now that we’ve worked on Major key sounds, let’s shift over to Minor key ideas and learn how to deal with them.

I have another great shape for when you have a Minor key sound that you want to create a few minor guitar melodies over.

Minor Shape:

 Blue note is for bends.


This scale layout works great over any Minor idea in music and it can also work over Blues with another modification of adding a passing tone (this time at the 8th fret of the 3rd string).

Blues Modification:



So next, let's run through a short melodic statement that I’ve written for you to try at home.

Melodic Example 2).


Next, have some fun using this shape over a jam-track in the key of, “A Minor.” Just fool around and work on making up a few melodic ideas.

Practice making up a few melodic ideas. All you need to do is experiment with the new Minor sound, and try to make up phrases that come across as interesting to your ear.

Also, keep in mind about what I’d mentioned before with the use of phrasing devices like; slides, bends, hammer-on’s, pull-off’s and vibrato – Those techniques really go a long way in making the music sound a lot more interesting!




CONCLUSION:
Once you get comfortable with these scale patterns, and you can move them to different keys all along and across the neck - you can start to further expand on them by taking them over to different string sets as well.

After awhile, you’ll find that they’ll become; better memorized, you’ll be able to phrase with them a lot easier, and it’ll feel more natural to solo with them.

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