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The Art of Phrasing: Four Simple Ways to Make Your Leads Sing

When one of my guitar students wants to learn lead guitar, I usually show him/her the minor pentatonic scale first.Once that scale is down in all keys, I play different and familiar chord progressions and have my students solo over them using the scales they've just learned.Almost always, the same thing happens: The student's leads sound like a continuous scale.I call it the musical equivalent... …

Major- and Minor-Scale Exercises to Improve Your Playing

In this column, I'd like to discuss some really cool major- and minor-scale exercises that will help your overall guitar playing on many levels.EXAMPLES 1 and 2 are a major and a natural minor scale, respectively, over three octaves spanning from the sixth string to the first string.At first look, it seems harmless enough. But when we analyze it, this exercise presents a few challenges. The... …