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Improvisation:
Lead Guitar Techniques

             


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LEAD GUITAR TECHNIQUES:

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HYBRID PICKING TECHNIQUE:
Using your middle finger along with your flat-pick to create single-note string skipping lines or
two-note chord lines. After beginning with a simple two-note idea such as octaves you can move along to harmonized major and minor lines such as sixth intervals.

LEGATO TECHNIQUE:
Legato is a very smooth and connected sound when performing scale lines using
hammer-ons and pull-offs. Work on getting a perfect sound off of each note.

SEQUENCING WITH A SCALE:
Using a mathematical sequence through a scale to create a moving line is a great way to augment your lead playing. They can ascend through the scale and then descend, (or vice versa), or skip over notes. The important part is that they follow a repeating pattern that can begin on any note of the scale you are using.

 

 

 

• Common Sequences Include:
(a). 1, 3 - 2, 4 - 3, 5 - 4, 6... etc.
(b). 1, 2, 3, 1 - 2, 3, 4, 2 - 3, 4, 5, 3 ... etc.
(c). 1, 2, 3, 4 - 2, 3, 4, 5 - 3, 4, 5, 6...etc.

Playing melodies and including advanced techniques will help to augment your melodic phrases. The phrases become unique to each individual player, since each player will perform the various techniques in different ways, (depending upon their own style).

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