Scale Runs for Guitar

One of the very first answers to the question “How can I improve my soloing?” would be “Learn your scales“. While this probably isn’t amazingly helpful advice in itself, scale knowledge can really help when it comes to playing better solos. It’s not amazingly helpful because a scale- by itself- … Continue reading

Lydian Mode Backing Track

Here’s the backing track to last week’s Lydian mode lesson. Again, this track has been extended from the ‘minus one’ track in the original post, with four repetitions of the clean riff, and then another four of the dirty riff. To solo over this, you’ll need the A lydian mode. … Continue reading

Learn a Lick 3: Learner Messiah

This week’s lick is inspired by the solo on Metallica’s ‘Leper Messiah‘, from the ‘Master of Puppets’ Album. You can either play it with alternate picking, which is a challenge in itself, or you can sweep it, as we’re doing today. Played this way, this lick makes a great example … Continue reading