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Rock Guitar Lessons: Pentatonic Solo 4

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[MUSIC]
One, two, three, four.
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All right.
I love this one too.
We're using our familiar fast lick.
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That we're working on.
That begins with the upstroke.
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It's an up, a down, and a pull off.
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You know it well by now.
We're just doing one of them, and
then we're following it by two really cool
bends.
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That's the first one.
This is a bend we've, we've done before.
We're bending from the fourth to the
fifth.
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But we're doing it stylishly.
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Actually for this one,
I think I'm going to bend straight up.
Not even do any of that vibrato, I just
want that, that rise in pitch.
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Now,
this bent note, is on the third string.
We have to jump to a new string to do
this.
So let's take a look at how we're going to
do that.
We're keeping all our strokes the same,
starting with the up.
Doing our down, [SOUND] doing our pull
off, [SOUND] and the next one,
it's gonna be a downstroke.
So we have up, [SOUND] down, [SOUND] down.
[SOUND] Now in the rhythm of this, because
it's going.
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If I take away my left hand and
just listen to the picking.
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It would be like that.
They're actually syncopated beats.
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Just
wanted to show you that, that fine detail
of our picking.
And the next part is going to be the same
pull off lick,
starting with the up stroke.
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And
this time it's gonna go to a higher bend
note.
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And
we're certainly familiar with that one.
We've been doing a lot of that.
So we're alternating between two bend
notes.
That's a great way to improvise,
is to do a phrase and have different
ending points for it.
So let's try it.
One, two, three, four.
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Now I
wanna focus on this bend on the high note
again.
I don't wanna go up, [SOUND] that far,
this is just basically just
trying to outline the idea of a chord,
[SOUND] that has both thirds.
[SOUND] It's the same kinda sound.
You can even do less, [SOUND] just a
little bit is all right,
just sort of a blues technique.
Of playing around with the sound of that
third.
It's really going to require just, how,
what you want to do by ear.
This is, you can build your own style of
how much of
the major third you want to get into.
Because this is the minor third, [SOUND]
this is, if you bend it up.
[SOUND] That's the major.
[SOUND] And you can go anywhere in between
there.
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You can even hit just right on the third.
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That's the minor.
But I like bending up a little bit.
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That's a really bluesy kinda rock sound.
I love that.
All right.
Now let's take a look at the rhythm I'm
doing in between.
And again, the reason I'm putting these
rhythms in is
this is really gonna help you practice
getting in and out of soloing.
You know, if you only solo, then you're,
you're, sometimes you can get stuck there
forever and can't back to your rhythm or
vice-versa.
So this is great practice to get the, to
make those transitions between
rhythming and solo or between playing a
rhythm and a solo.
All right, so here we go.
It sounds like this, three, four.
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So
I've used the same rhythm and accents, but
I'm using chords instead of solos.
So the chord is a real simple power chord,
just a root in the fifth.
[SOUND] A one, two, three, four, five.
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That's how you know it's a fifth, and
I'm going up to the sixth.
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One, two, three, four, five, six.
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And then a minor seventh,
standard rock and roll notes.
And doing a tight stop at the end of each
one.
And that's really gonna help control your
muting technique with both hands.
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Cuz there I'm using my,
this part of my hand to stop the string.
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And I'm also lifting up so I can mute,
the strings here.
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So we don't want.
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We want to control that.
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The picking
strokes is all alternate picking, just
like a strum.
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But I'm focusing,
focusing it in on just those two strings.
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So it's smaller motions.
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Now
the end accent of each of these sections
is an upstroke.
Cuz it'll be down, up, down, up, down, up,
down, up and
let's take a look at how that looks.
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And then immediately after,
I jump in and mute it.
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That's a really good technique to develop.
All right.
So let's put this all together.
Let's see.
We've got.
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All right.
This is gonna be good.
Nice, a lot of holes in this one.
And I, I love holes.
They, it really makes the music more
dramatic and
catches the ear of your audience.
Makes 'em listen.
All right.
Here we go.
One, two, three, four.
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All right, I wanna hear that one.
So let's make a video and send it in or
any of these that you like.
And I'd love to hear you play these.
And also, check out the other students cuz
they played them too.
And you can see what my vice, advice has
been.
And I can give you specific advice.
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One, two, three, four!
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