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Lead Guitar Made Easy
Learning to play the guitar in time. Guitar timing and exercises.
In this lesson I would like to introduce some guitar timing exercises. We will also
play an exercise covering 5 different positions of the Am pentatonic scale. We will play over a
rhythm using the Am F and G chords. Sound files have been included. The first
sound file will play a few measures of the rhythm.
The second sound file has just the rhythm with counting to get the timing
down, using the Am F and G chords.
The third sound file uses the same rhythm, but I've played an exercise using 5 different
positions of the Am pentatonic scale. This exercise uses the Am pentatonic scale
note position, this is played at the 5th fret. The next position starts at the C
note 8th fret. The next position starts at the D note, 10 fret. Then the E note,
12th fret and then the G note 15th fret. I have used an acoustic guitar for this
exercise, but an electric guitar will work fine and should be a bit easier
playing the exercises.
Look at the illustration below. This is the rhythm
we will now use to play the Am pentatonic scale over in our next lesson. I
will be introducing a few different positions to play this Am pentatonic
scale. I didn't plan for the lead we will be learning to have any melodic
value, but more of an exercise to get you moving around the fret board.
The Rhythm below plays through twice. You start by playing the Am chord.
You play the Am chord for 8 beats and then the F and G chords for 4 beats
each. You will need to learn this rhythm now and if possible, record it to
a CD. Play it for as long as possible, like it was a complete
song. Listen to it and begin to train your ear for each note and chord
being played. I've only played it through twice here, I didn't want it to
take to long to load. So play it over and over until you can play it
smooth and with out looking.
Am chord 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 1 and 2
and 3 and 4 and
F chord 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and
G chord 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and repeat to
the Am chord once more.
I usually get the heal of my foot rocking to the beat.
(Heal of the foot down = 1) (heal
of the foot up = And)
It would really be a good idea to get a metronome to keep your timing. A
metronome is a device you use to learn timing. They come in various styles, from
wind up to electric styles. You can find them in most music stores. The
metronome allows you to set the speed to which you feel comfortable with. I will
always try to demonstrate the lessons at the lower speed or beat.
In our next lesson we will play 5 different positions of the Am pentatonic
scale over the rhythm above. It is a good idea now to review all of the
positions of the Am pentatonic scale.