Learn a Lick 7- The pentatonic Box

So, here’s a lick that’s great for soloing with over blues-rock or metal tracks and it fits really well into the infamous ‘pentatonic box’. In fact, I used to use it all the time with my old band. It goes well over powerchords, or full minor chords. You could also try it with minor 7ths, (read more…)

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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…)

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Em Blues Thrash Lick

This week we’re looking at a very short lick that can used in anything from blues-rock to thrash metal. This example is in E minor and uses the Em pentatonic scale. If you know your pentatonic scales, we’re using the first shape in 12th position- you should experiment with it in different keys to fit (read more…)

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Early Metallica Backing Track in Em

So, last month we were looking at the lead guitar style of Metallica’s Kirk Hammett. Then, at the end of the month I wrote this lesson on how to play and sound like Kirk. If you’re a fan of Kirk Hammett, I suggest checking that post out! Now, I’m more a fan of earlier Metallica (read more…)

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