Rock

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There’s way more to it than simply mastering chords and scales.

Intermediate

Beginner

  • Understand the importance of structure and space within guitar leads.
  • Learn the power and importance of articulation and motivic development.
  • Construct leads that take the listener on a journey.
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Take a moment and think of your favorite guitar solo. Can you hear it in your head, note-for-note perfect as if you were listening to the track itself? I’m willing to bet the answer is yes. Indelible guitar solos tend to get lodged in your brain that way. Every practicing guitarist not only strives to play these solos as well as the guitar heroes who composed them, but we all long to craft such a brilliant lead ourselves. The million-dollar question is: Where do you begin when attempting to play the next great, iconic solo? The next “Stairway to Heaven” or “Kid Charlemagne” or “Hotel California”?
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A new tool for working on Floyd Rose and tremolo-equipped guitars.

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Intermediate

Intermediate

  • Demonstrate a variety of drone guitar techniques and approaches.
  • Examine drone points of reference from an array of genres.
  • Learn how to use standard, drop D, and uncommon alternate tunings in drone contexts.
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Playing a melody or solo with a “drone” means playing over just one note or, in some instances, one chord. Besides playing without any harmonic accompaniment, it is about as simple a concept as one can image, which also means the possibilities are endless. We’ll look at ways to use drones in a variety of contexts, from ancient to contemporary, blues to metal, traditional to experimental.

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Intermediate

Intermediate

  • Learn how to build up the foundation of heavy metal rhythm guitar.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of drop-D tuning.
  • Create grinding riffs in the style of King’s X, Judas Priest, and more.
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In our previous lesson, we explored at some of the must-know rhythm guitar techniques used in hard rock and heavy metal, including power chords, palm mutes, and accents. Now let’s delve a little deeper and learn more advanced skills of the masters such as pedal tones, tritones, and drop tunings.
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