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Combining Rhythm and Lead

by David Wallimann

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  • Sometimes being the only guitar player in a band can be quite difficult. In this lesson we'll try to create a guitar part that works as a rhythm and lead part all at the same time. The key here is to alternate between chords and lead segments that complement each other.

    We'll use a typical blues progression in the key of E. To make things interesting, we'll add a little modulation with the F# minor chord. All the lead work can be done using minor pentatonic scales, although it is possible to add a little extra flavor with some Major pentatonic scales.

    Make sure your licks are played on tempo and experiment your own licks on the looped backing track.

    Have fun!

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