Lesson Series: “0 To 60, An Introduction to Alternate Picking” - Lesson 18

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Todd Simpson
Todd Simpson

LESSON #18 - Integrating Solo/Lead Playing

Lesson Series by Todd Simpson

In this lesson we are going to start working out chops that we have done so far in to playing actual guitar solos/leads. Using the backing track below, transpose as many of the licks we have done as you can in to E Minor and try to play against the backing track.

The trick is to learn how to flow in and out of each chop/lick smoothly. Keep in mind it's important to land on a "Root Note" every so often to resolve the solo. So make sure to land on an E at the end of a lick. Here is the backing track

Lesson18.mp3 ( 3.29MB)


Play a solo over the backing track. Try to use some of the licks that we have worked on in previous Bootcamp Missions. If you feel that your solo is better served by using other licks, that's entirely up to you. I just want to see you creating a guitar solo over a backing. Also, I"m not going to tell you what key this is. I want you to listen to the track and see what notes sound good. If I just give you the key, you may just play notes in that scale and that's not really what I want. I want you to listen to the track, and respond musically. Trust yourself!!

Your video take can have as many or as few notes as you see fit. Just make it good!