Learning Lead Guitar Through Improvising

author: joetormala date: 06/19/2014 category: soloing
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Learning Lead Guitar Through Improvising
Playing lead guitar is applying known and improvised runs that are groups of notes that blend with a chord or chords that enable you to play lead guitar to the various chord progressions in the appropriate musical key. Practice strumming each set of chords as a rhythm progression. Then practice the accompanying runs up and down the frets until you can play them freely; once mastered then you can begin building your own lead solos from the basic runs in each key.

When playing a run each finger is assigned a number your index finger is 1, your middle finger is 2, your ring finger is 3 and your pinky finger is 4. Strings are (Bass E), (A), (D), (G), (B) and (thin/Treble e). Runs are played left to right (down & up) the guitar neck.

"F" progression is the following chords and count: strum F (1-2-3-4), Bb (1-2-3-4) & C7 (1-2-3-4). The run in the key of F starts on the 1st fret - left to right (down and up) the neck.
1st fret 2nd fret 3rd fret 4th fret
e--1--------------------------------------------------------------4---|
B--1--------------------------------------------------------------4---|
G--1----------------------------------------3-------------------------|
D--1----------------------------------------3-------------------------|
A--1----------------------------------------3-------------------------|
E--1--------------------------------------------------------------4---|
"G" progression is the following chords and count: strum G (1-2-3-4), G7 (1-2-3-4), C7 (1-2-3-4) & D7 (1-2-3-4). The run in the key of G starts on the 3rd fret - left to right (down and up) the neck.
3rd fret 4th fret 5th fret 6th fret
e--1---------------------------------------------------------------4----|
B--1---------------------------------------------------------------4----|
G--1-----------------------------------------3--------------------------|
D--1-----------------------------------------3--------------------------|
A--1-----------------------------------------3--------------------------|
E--1---------------------------------------------------------------4----|
"A" progression is the following chords and count: strum A (1-2-3-4-), D (1-2-3-4), & E (1-2-3-4). The run in the key of A starts on the 5th fret - left to right (down and up) the neck.
5th fret 6th fret 7th fret 8th fret
e--1--------------------------------------------------------4---|
B--1--------------------------------------------------------4---|
G--1----------------------------------3-------------------------|
D--1----------------------------------3-------------------------|
A--1----------------------------------3-------------------------|
E--1--------------------------------------------------------4---|
"B" progression is the following chords and count: strum B (1-2-3-4), E (1-2-3-4) & F# (1-2-3-4). The run in the key of B starts on the 7th fret - left to right (down and up) the neck.
7th fret 8th fret 9th fret 10th fret
e--1----------------------------------------------------------------4---|
B--1----------------------------------------------------------------4---|
G--1----------------------------------------3---------------------------|
D--1----------------------------------------3---------------------------|
A--1----------------------------------------3---------------------------|
E--1----------------------------------------------------------------4---|
"C" progression is the following chords and count: strum C (1-2-3-4), C7 (1-2-3-4), F7 (1-2-3-4) & G7 (1-2-3-4). The run in the key of C starts on the 8th fret - left to right (down and up) the neck.
8th fret 9th fret 10th fret 11th fret
e--1---------------------------------------------------------4---|
B--1---------------------------------------------------------4---|
G--1----------------------------------------3--------------------|
D--1----------------------------------------3--------------------|
A--1----------------------------------------3--------------------|
E--1----------------------------------------------------------4--|
"D" progression is the following chords and count: strum D (1-2-3-4), G (1-2-3-4), A (1-2-3-4), D7 (1-2-3-4), G7 (1-2-3-4) & A7 (1-2-3-4). The run in the key of D starts on the 10th fret - left to right (down and up) the neck.
10th fret 11th fret 12th fret 13th fret
e--1------------------------------------------------4---|
B--1------------------------------------------------4---|
G--1--------------------------------3-------------------|
D--1--------------------------------3-------------------|
A--1--------------------------------3-------------------|
E--1-------------------------------------------------4--|
"E" progression is the following chords and count: strum E (1-2-3-4), A (1-2-3-4) & B7 (1-2-3-4). The run in the key of E starts on the 12th fret - left to right (down and up) the neck.
12th fret 13th fret 14th fret 15th fret
e--1------------------------------------------------4---|
B--1------------------------------------------------4---|
G--1---------------------------------3------------------|
D--1---------------------------------3------------------|
A--1---------------------------------3------------------|
E--1------------------------------------------------4---|
Memorize the runs in each key, in descending order on the fretboard they are: 1st fret - F, 3rd fretG, 5th fretA, 7th fretB, 8th fretC, 10th fretD & 12th fretE. By knowing the chords of a song you can develop your lead runs in the appropriate key.
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