#1 Best Rock Guitar Solos| Video

Learn to play a Melodic Rock Guitar Solo

Hey, this is Chris from JamPlay.com, and welcome to more Liepe's licks. In the next four lessons, we're going to be dealing with the solo that you just heard. And this backing track is readily available at JamPlay.com and below as a link for you to download so you can play along with me.

But were going to dissecting the solo into four different licks. And I thought this was going to be a kind of a cool idea because in addition to learning some new licks and phrasing ideas, and a little bit of melodic development, you're going to be able to to learn how to link things together. And sometimes when you're learning licks, you often don't know how to put them in context of anything.

So not only are you going to be learning licks, but you're going to be learning context and how to connect, obviously, these licks. But maybe you have some other licks that you've either learned here or you've learned somewhere else that you're wondering, how do I connect these contextually? So there's kind of a dual purpose in these next four lessons.

In this lesson we're going to cover the melody portion. Which I suppose technically that's not really a lick, but it'll hopefully inspire your melodies as you're coming up with things. And it'll also give you an idea of how something so simple can be phrased.

So this passage opens with this. So there's a lot, right there. So this passage opens based around your third and your fifth frets. Okay? And on your fifth and your fourth strings. But we do something phrasing wise that really bring these notes out and help them speak a little bit better – sing a little bit better.

We start off by picking on the third fret, and then pulling off, and then sliding up to the third fret again.  So we could double pick, like you saw me do later. This gives you a nice kind of percussive feel without picking. So it's kind of cool.  Okay? Then we start the line.

All right? Now, I'm making a few choices here, even though I'm playing just those notes. I'm choosing to bend, and I'm choosing to slide up here to the eighth fret instead of playing it here. Because the phrasing feels more interesting when I'm playing it.  As opposed to this.  That's still interesting but I think when you're developing melodies and you're trying to make things work like a voice on a guitar. If you can play things in a certain way, I mean, nothing's right or wrong, but if you can play things on a certain way that help you bring out the dynamics of particular notes, that's huge. With any lick, with any melody, with any phrase.

All right. So after we do this. We do this harmonic thing, very Satrianish.  All right now,  fifth fret , third fret, this one is the hardest one.  Must be that note. But they're harmonics so they can be sloppy.  So the line is. [guitar sound] You go from the fifth, down to the third, and then back up to the fifth. Okay? Whole phrase.

All right? And then it sort of repeats with a couple of minor things.  Like double pick this time.  Now instead of going up, I go. And I bend, I do an octave to, then I slide. And I use the whammy bar.

Now that's more just kind of phrasing ideas, were you're taking a note and you're going, what interesting thing could I do to the note to make it a little more vocal?
Some sliding up to the note. Hammer on pull off kind of thing with the slide. And I'm using the whammy bar to articulate further.

So we then take this same melody idea, that I played down here and we bring it up an octave. And we add different phrasing ideas, we play it slightly differently. The general gist of it is the same. But that's a really good lesson to take away from this unique lick lesson, and that is, you can play something in the different part of the neck. You can choose to surround it with slightly different notes, slightly different bending and phrasing ideas. And give the listener a sense of familiarity while still propelling the solo or the song forward.

So, the same general idea here. Double picking.  Okay? Same idea. I did that double stop thing there. But you can hear both of these together.

That's the first of four dealing with this solo. Join us for the next lick in a week.