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How To Play Lead Guitar

Welcome to the first lesson of the Lead Guitar Quick-Start Series. This free video series is great for anyone who is new to playing lead guitar, and is perfect for those already playing lead guitar but are not sure what to work on next.

Throughout this series, we’ll get into the techniques specific to each hand, and go over the most important scales you need to know to play lead guitar. After that, we’ll learn some of the essential techniques like legato, hammer-ons and pull-offs, and vibrato. We’ll end this series by going through some ways to make your solos sound great, and you’ll even learn how to play your first solo by putting all these things you learn together.

As you move through these lead guitar lessons, we have downloadable MP3s and PDFs available for you. It’s important to apply everything you learn along to music. Applying techniques and concepts along to music allows your hands and your brain to connect and accelerate your learning process.

Before getting started, there are a few basic tips you’ll want to keep in mind. The first is to simply relax. If you feel any tension in your hands, arms, or shoulders you’ll want to shake it out and get comfortable before you start playing again. The second tip is to come down on the strings on the very tips of your fingers. This will help you to keep your playing clean, and unobstructed by the other strings. The last tip is to start by keeping your thumb on the back of the neck of the guitar. Your hand should feel as if it’s holding a baseball.

In the next video of the Lead Guitar Quick-Start Series, we’ll be taking a look at the basic techniques for your picking hand.

Are you looking for more lead guitar lessons and relevant jam-tracks? The GuitarLessons.com Academy is Nate Savage’s step-by-step video training system. It has some great songs for lead guitar and it also covers many other important styles of music including rock, country, fingerstyle, metal, classical, bluegrass, jazz, and more. Best of all it includes a huge library of original jam-tracks so you can apply everything to music.