Introduction to Lead Guitar in Worship Music

… Or Playing Second Guitar While Someone Else is Playing Rhythm
… Or Venturing Up Past the 3rd Fret
… Or Understanding the CAGED Layout on the Guitar

People tend to associate the term ‘lead guitar’ with a howling solo by Jimi Hendrix, or Van Halen, or Slash from Guns ’n’ Roses. We will look at playing solos, of course, but that doesn’t happen so often in the worship context – It’s often more a matter of finding something that compliments the song and adds to what the rhythm player (who’s probably playing the open chords) is doing, but without getting in their way.

We’ll do some work on scales, playing in different positions on the neck, left hand techniques (sting bending, etc), right hand techniques, guide tone lines, partial chords, blues form and scale, and possibly look at effects for the electric guitar too. And we’ll examine these in the context of playing on actual songs.

Aspects covered:

  • The significance of the CAGED system is considered
  • Pentatonic scale forms for the CAGED chord shapes are shown along with Pentatonic exercises.
  • What to listen to in a song
  • Riffs
  • The fretboard layout – locating notes
  • Rhythm – dividing the beat
  • Power chords
  • Playing in Minor keys
  • Articulation – hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, string bending
  • Partial chords
  • Guide tones lines
  • Playing without a capo
  • Blues form

 

Objective

The course is designed to get students started on single-string, lead guitar techniques to enable them to jam with another musician or in a band context.

Summer 2018 ADVANCED COURSE SCHEDULE

Introduction to Lead Guitar

Tuesday Evenings 8:15 – 9:40 – Starting May 8th, 2018

Holy Trinity Hounslow, High Street, Hounslow TW3 1HG

Advanced Guitar – £150 (Early bird only £125)