Andrew Wasson. Graduated from Hollywood California's Guitar Institute of Technology. Operates Music School and CreativeGuitarStudio.com
Rock songs will almost always have a solo, and even though we probably won't be performing a busy technical solo, (like Eddie Van Halen style), we will have much more going on in a rock lead, as compared to how we'd play over a blues number.
Playing rock lead guitar requires far more application of the 7-tone natural minor scale. This scale is mixed with the 5-tone minor pentatonic to create lines that blend the sounds of the 5-note pentatonic with the full 7-tone scale. This is the foundation of the "rock lead" sound.
Other techniques are also integrated. Including sequencing, lateral scale use, intervals and string-skipping. An abundant use of slides, bends and hammer-ons & pull-offs is also applied. All together, these rock concepts create a very different playing approach compared with blues soloing.
Use the ideas discussed in this lesson as a way to begin bridging the gap between playing basic blues lead guitar and how you'll make the switch toward playing a rock lead. Enjoy the lesson!
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About the Author:
Andrew Wasson is a 1992 Graduate of Hollywood California's Guitar Institute of Technology (G.I.T.). He has operated his Canadian Music School; Creative Guitar Studio, for the last 20+ years teaching thousands of guitarists both in studio sessions, and through his popular YouTube Channels, Skype lessons and websites. www.andrewwasson.com