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Rock Guitar Lessons: Pentatonic Solo 1

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One, two, three, four.
All right, I'm excited about this.
I think this is a really good lick to
start, to get used to the pentatonic
scale and how to really make it come alive
and sound good.
And to contrast it really quick,
I just want to play the pentatonic scale
in a practice-y kind of way.
Now we covered this before but
that is the way you play it when you first
learn to visualize it.
When you just wanna know where the shapes
are and
memorize them but we've played it enough,
I think, we're ready now to start tackling
the stylistic elements that are gonna make
the scale really come alive.
So I just took a couple notes from the
top, I'm not playing the whole scale.
I just wanted to make those two notes
sound cool and
the way i did it was I used a lot of
If you listen to the rhythm I played in
relation to the foot I'm
gonna put this beat down like.
And then if I play in between, you can
hear that I'm in between the beats.
Those are syncopations and they really
make the rhythm interesting.
Now the technique I'm using to do that is
there's a small thwomp in between each one
where I'm using
this part of my hand, to both stop the
noise or stop the string and
also get maybe a little extra percussion
if I want.
So let's just concentrate on this first
part, we're doing a downstroke on the down
beat, [SOUND] and then immediately going
to the upstroke.
So let's actually concentrate just on
those two notes, and
then we'll leave a hole and still do it in
So we'll go like one, two, three, four.
[SOUND] All right, that's super easy.
So, let's now put some more up strokes on
those syncopated beats.
So we'll go one, two, three, four.
Now that's pretty cool.
All upstrokes, except for the first.
So again, just to make sure you know.
It's down up, up, up, up.
Two, three, four.
All right.
After that, I did this lick.
And this is where all that work with
shuffles is gonna pay off because we're
doing an upstroke.
A downstroke after it.
And then a pull off.
Now this lick, this is a great lick.
But here we're just gonna do it once.
And then we hit our high note again.
And just to make it stylistically cool,
give it maybe a quarter step bend.
Just enough to sort of make you make a
guitar face.
There we go, so
let's hear it all together, slowly.
One, two, three, four.
Oh, that's a good sound.
So after that, I'm gonna do a chord
version cause I wanna get
used to the transitions from the in and
out of rhythm guitar into the solo.
So we did a rhythm guitar version of this,
it sounds like this.
One, two, three, four.
Same exact rhythm accents,
but just in a lower register using an A
power chord, so
I'm barring my first finger [SOUND].
And a second finger is getting these
little two note phrases, so a C and an A.
So, and there, after that, I use my second
finger again.
And get that tuned to a phrase on the low
E string.
Let's see if I'm pulling it off, I think I
So I'm actually hitting with a down
Pulling it off getting a note for free and
And ending with that final downstroke, so,
let's listen to this all together now that
you've focused in on some of the details.
One, two, three, four.
On the chord part,
I'm also using these fingers to sort of
thwomp it.
You can see them going on and off like
this, and
that will keep the strings controlled and
you can see them stop right there.
If I don't do that, I need to stop them
with those fingers, so
there's sort of this balancing move with
these fingers to keep that note nice and
tight, that chord nice and tight.
I'm also hitting it with this hand.
So our muting techniques that we learned
from our basic strumming course,
are coming in to play here.
That's one of the most important things
soloing is to be able to mute with both
So we can really control the rhythm,
the syncopations, and just the general
focus and accuracy of our playing.
So, you've got those because you've been
practicing them.
Let's put them all to use in this phrase
one more time.
I'm gonna do it a little slow and then
we'll put it up to speed.
One, two, three, four.
Trying to put nice clean holes in between
those and it's all in time with the foot
so I get to enjoy that nice tail of reverb
in the holes and let's check it one more
I'm gonna use a little more distortion
just to rock it out.
One, two, three, four.
So you can really get a lot of energy
out of that, and again we're controlling
all the noises,
just getting the notes we want and getting
some great great emotions and
rock out of just the top couple of notes
of the pentatonic scale.
And as we go we will learn more notes but
im going to start you off there and
I would love to hear you play that.
You can check out other people playing it
on the video exchanges.
And if you want to set up your own, I
would love to hear you play this.
One, two, three, four.