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Part 14 - Playing Rock
Lyle: Last couple of lessons covered how to play
a couple different styles of music on the guitar. This lesson is about how to
play a rock and roll jam on the guitar.
Lyle: You'll be working in the key of A and your
chord progression is:
Lyle: First you should learn how to play a basic
rock n roll rhythm figure. Try this:
Here's a looping jam track for this progression:
You can slow down the tempo of the riff using the "tempo"
Lyle: This rock n roll rhythm part is like
something from the Chuck Berry era.
Lyle: Two scales I suggest trying are the A Major
pentatonic and the A minor pentatonic:
like the use the Major pentatonic during the A and E chords, and use the Am
pentatonic during the D chord.
Lyle: Here's an example. Be sure to listen to the
Here's another example using the high octave scale
Here's a solo mostly made from these scales.
zz: What the
best way to practice a solo?
Lyle: The best way to learn a solo is one riff at
a time. Then practice playing those riffs or the whole solo with the jam
Lyle: Here's another solo using the higher octave
How we doing out there?
hangin in there....just absorbing the
as: I would
like if you gave tips on getting the sound, the pickups and amp
Lyle: For the rhythm try using a clean amp sound
and then the bridge pickup.
Lyle: For the lead guitar tone you can try a
number of different sounds.
Lyle: The "rock" style usually has overdrive
added to the amp sound so try different amounts of
Lyle: Too much overdrive can be muddy or too
fuzzy sounding, which might cover up your basic tone, so go
suggestions on the plectrum you use. I just bought a stubby 1.0 and I love
Lyle: I use a medium
heavy gauge pick.
Craig: Lyle, speaking of effects, the guys I play with
want me to learn some Robin Trower "Bridge of Sighs" tunes. What type of effects
do I need for that type of sound?
Lyle: Bridge of Sighs effects? You could get by
with a thick chorus effect and a bunch of reverb. Be real careful that you don't
use too much overdrive, try keeping the amp slightly clean and just be loud! I
use a Uni-Vibe pedal effect for the Bridge Of Sighs
other Scales would you suggest? For this type of Rock
Lyle: For this type of rock jam I suggest the a
major and minor pentatonic scales to get that basic rock
Lyle: That's all for this lesson, see you next
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