Lead Basics

About the Lead Basics series

Instructor: Gabriel Leopardi

Difficulty: 2 (of 10)

Focus: Understand and master the basics of solo guitar. This course covers the most important building blocks for a solid lead foundation, giving you the tools and understanding needed to dive deep into the GMC lesson archive.

Gabriel will walk you through the ins & outs of the pentatonic scale, step by step, to ensure that you are able to perform in any key and unlock the strong notes.

Gabriel Leopardi has extensive experience as a live and recording artist. He has opened for big names like Metallica & Yngwie Malmsteen with his band Cirse - and is one of the most frequent contributors to GMC recording collaborations.

Related: Lead Basics II
  • The Minor Pentatonic Scale

    by Gabriel Leopardi

    Explore your first pentatonic scale with hammer-ons, pull-offs, bending and release.

    Tags: minor pentatonic scale, a minor pentatonic, bending, legato, hammer on, pull offs, licks, rock licks, release bend, lead guitar essentials, pentatonic licks
  • Changing Keys

    by Gabriel Leopardi

    Learn how to transpose the pentatonic scale to other keys. We'll explore the notes on the sixth string, extended pentatonics & slides.

    Tags: notes on the fretboard, transposing the minor pentatonic, playing in other keys, improvisation, licks, G minor pentatonic, B minor pentatonic. slides, moving diagonally, extended pentatonic
  • The Blues Scale

    by Gabriel Leopardi

    Turn the pentatonic scale into a blues monster!

    Tags: blue note, blues licks, vibrato, pre bend, one fret bend, playing the blues, 12 bars blues progression, improvisation, bending, phrasing, b5, ornaments
  • Root on the fifth string

    by Gabriel Leopardi

    Unlock the pentatonic scale all over the fretboard.

    Tags: minor pentatonic scale, notes on the fretboard, pentatonic sequences, melodic sequences, improvisation, fretboard knowledge, blues scale, D minor pentatonic, D blues scale