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- wont make a great solo. (read more…)

Written by Rob

Learn a Lick 6: Rising Force

So, recently I’ve been very busy, and then I was ill- so I haven’t managed to do a video for a while. That’s the bad news. The good news is that I’ve managed to spend some of this time sharpening my shred skills. I mean, if you’re stuck inside, ill, with nothing to do, why (read more…)

Written by Rob

Guitar Fitness: The Mini-Sweep

This one is an exercise that can really help your sweep picking. All we’re really doing, is taking some of the most common sweep picking shapes, and breaking them down into three string ‘chunks’. The idea is that if you break down bigger shapes this way, you get to concentrate on making each note clear. (read more…)

Written by Rob

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. This has the same notes (read more…)

Written by Rob

Learn a Lick 4: Swep-tap-ular!

This week’s lick is an example of how you can use swept arpeggios- along with tapping- to outline the sound of a certain scale, or key. Essentially, we’re taking two chords that fit the A phrygian mode, and playing them over an A root note. If you do this, you’ll get the sound of the (read more…)

Written by Rob

Shred 101: Using a Metronome

I’ve always said that using a metronome is important if you want to develop your guitar playing speed. However, there is a huge counter-argument that claims that metronomes are unmusical at best. I think that what’s really happening, is that most people don’t understand metronomes. Yes, it is an unmusical, unfeeling, machine…but at the same (read more…)

Written by Rob

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 of how to use arpeggios (read more…)

Written by Rob

ACDC Style Backing Track

So, as a follow up to my ACDC lesson, here is the extended version of the backing track from that solo. I’ve kept the track fairly simple, with just one rhythm guitar, and it’s all in the key of E minor. The Track As I said, this is all safely in the key of E (read more…)

Written by Rob

In the Style of ACDC

This week, we’re looking at the style of ACDC guitarist Angus Young. He’s really not one for effects pedals, or really anything more than the standard pentatonic scale. But don’t be fooled! As I’m about to show you, a lot can be done with this seemingly very basic setup! I would say that Angus ‘shreds’ (read more…)

Written by Rob

Pink Floyd Style Backing Track

Here is the extended version of the backing track I used in the lesson on how to sound like David Gilmour. That Solo was only a minute or so long, whereas this track has been extended to over 5 minutes. The track mostly follows chords that would fit in D major, although there is a (read more…)

Written by Rob