GUITAR SOLOING 011: Acoustic Lead for Skill & Confidence

October 27, 2017:
Lesson 011 - Acoustic Lead for Skill and Confidence

Performing a guitar solo feels easy on the electric guitar. String gauges and string action is lighter on the electric guitar platform making articulations like slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs easier to accomplish. However, when a solo is performed on acoustic steel-string, the technique required to perfect each articulation becomes more challenging... 

Lesson 011 explores this idea... 

In this Guitar Soloing lesson, the goal will be to learn a collection of lead lines on steel-string acoustic. Then, after developing the melodic lines on acoustic, the next idea will be to transfer them over to electric guitar. Doing this will help in accomplishing a higher degree of technical ability for performing solos on the electric.

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PART ONE:  In example one, I have composed two guitar licks from the "A Minor" scale. One phrase ascends, the other descends. Begin by learning each phrase on the acoustic guitar. Once they feel comfortable (up to a tempo of approximately 120 b.p.m.), transfer each idea over to the electric guitar.

Example two expands on the single-note line phrases from example one, and takes them a step further using two-note chords. The two-note chord ideas are harmonized around single-note line phrases in the key of "A Major." Learn the 4-bar lead line and then transfer the solo over to the electric guitar. Carefully select all of your fingerings that are used across the two-note chords to establish the best transitions between them and the single note line melodies.

In example three, the next level of harmony is introduced by way of triad harmony. Triad phrasing from the key of "C Major" is used to establish a lead concept over the keys chord progression. Several major and minor triads are applied within the lead. Study the triads, learn their fingerings and build the tempo to the goal speed of 105 b.p.m. Then, transfer the part over to the electric guitar.

Example four, focuses on performing faster phrases. This lead example is in the key of "G Minor" and includes both 16th and 32nd note ideas. The faster lead parts are found up front in the main statement with turnaround concepts occuring in the guitar solos 1st and 2nd endings. Learn the guitar solo up to speed (with emphasis on selecting proper fingerings). Then, transfer the solo onto the electric guitar
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