Hey, guys. Claude Johnson here with guitarcontrol.com and
I want to give you a little exercise today to help your lead
guitar playing. It’s great for blues, blues rock. So it’s
kind of a spin-off, a variation on the rhythm and then lead
kind of exercise. Here’s the basic riff.
First of all, we’re kind of springboarding off the chicken
picking rhythm that I was talking about last week, this basic
rhythm. You can get into… Instead of doing that… First of
all, here’s just a cool rhythm you can do. It’s like your A,
just take a regular A chord and then you’re going to hit your
A string and then pluck the G and B strings. You can pluck
the open G on the last beats.
That can be an exercise right there. You play that once and
then go into like a lead, something like that. We’re going
to add another twist, though, just to make it a little bit
more of a better exercise. You’re just going to hit it twice
and then on the third time you’ll hit the A and go right
into this lick.
So you’re just starting on the D note after you pluck the A.
So real slow. D on the 7th fret of the G string, 5th fret and
then 7th fret of the D string, back here, up to the 5th fret
of the G string. That’s just a starting point. The exercise
is really to start that D and you can play any riff. Hit the
A string and then pluck that note. So that’s the first part.
Now let’s move to another note in the blues scale or A pentatonic.
You can do that or now let’s try moving up to the E note. Or let’s
move back to the C. Or we can use the root. You see what we’re
doing here? Every note of the pentatonic scale.
I hope you enjoyed that exercise. Try it. Basically the idea is
that instead of just trying to hit a random note that you’re
improvising, which is also a great exercise, now you’re kind
of having in mind ahead of time what note you’re going to start
on and it’s just really intended to help your rhythm playing.
I go over some different cool exercises like these more rhythm
and lead kind of stuff in my course, “Killer Guitar Control Secrets”.
So go ahead and check that out at guitarcontrol.com/secrets. Thanks
for watching and we’ll catch you in another video. Take care.