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How to play lead guitar. Where to start?

Lesson ID: A0025

In this guitar lesson, we’re going to start building the foundation you need to play country and bluegrass lead guitar all the way up and down the entire guitar neck. I’ll show you the main guitar scales you need to know and how you can move these scale patterns to change keys. We’re going to map out the guitar neck so you never get lost on the fretboard, and eventually, you’ll be able to play lead guitar over any song.

After you watch this lead guitar lesson, you should check out our Rhythm Fill Riffs and Lead Guitar Course where we expand upon the concepts covered in this lesson. We’ll talk more about the fundamental country guitar scales and I’ll show you how to use guitar scales to play lead guitar licks and country guitar solos.

We also have a nice collection of country guitar licks and bluegrass guitar licks that will take your country lead guitar to the next level.

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Jerry Martin
Jerry Martin(@jerry-m)
6 years ago

Very good lesson Devin, helped me a bunch. I like the logical and systematic way you layed out the tab for all the scales in one place rather thank scattered thru a lot of different lessons like some sites. Looking forward to my time here. Your demonstration is also very good. Thanks,,Jerry

Jerry Martin
Jerry Martin(@jerry-m)
6 years ago

Devin,,,I am a little confused by the root note on this, you said the root is E, but the black dot on Pos 1 is on F?? Is this an open string? looks like your playing the first fret
to start???? I don’t see a place here on the site for questions so hope this is the right place. Jerry

Jerry Martin
Jerry Martin(@jerry-m)
6 years ago

Devin, when playing the scale in position #3 do you use your first finger on the sixth string 5th fret to start? or 2nd and use the 4th finger on 7? thanks

Jerry Martin
Jerry Martin(@jerry-m)
6 years ago

Devin, any chance of getting the major scales posted in this format? I am still learning those as well…

Jerry Martin
Jerry Martin(@jerry-m)
6 years ago

I was referring to a major seven tone scale not pentatonic, but that’s ok, I already downloaded your pdf of major pentatonic. I was under the impression you would need to be fluent in the regular major shapes first. How many are there? I know in the closed position they are all moveable is this all I need? thanks

Jerry Martin
Jerry Martin(@jerry-m)
6 years ago

Thanks so much Devin,, Jerry

Joe
Joe(@atxviviongmail-com)
4 years ago

strangely enough, I got this as a result of just googling “basics of lead guitar” – I already have a gold membership. Where do I find the rest of these? Like under what heading of lessons is this and where do I find the subsequent ones?
thx

cassarta11
cassarta11(@cassarta11gmail-com)
3 years ago

So after this lesson , where do i have to go ? Penta or licks ? Starting with E then ?

cassarta11
cassarta11(@cassarta11gmail-com)
3 years ago
Reply to  Devin

I ll have a look for sure , i ve Been working on the pentatonic scale this evening and then ado this bleu note , fuckin awesome. Back at it tomorrow