To learn how to guitar solo and play lead guitar, follow these steps:
- Learn the scale patterns used to play melodies, riffs, and solos on guitar. These patterns include pentatonic and major scale patterns. I cover these patterns and their usage at length in my Fretboard Theory video instruction available on this website. You can view free samples of this instruction by signing up for my emails.
- Build your arsenal of lead guitar licks and phrases by learning songs. I reference good songs to learn throughout my instructional courses. Many of these examples I teach for free on my YouTube channel. Specifically, see the pentatonic and major scale playlists. Tabs for these song lessons can be found by following the links in the video descriptions. Other tabs are found on my free guitar tab page.
- After learning several riffs and solos, learn how to rework their licks and phrases over other music as I demonstrate in the video below. You can follow my examples by playing along with these free guitar backing tracks.
In addition to my Fretboard Theory courses teaching you how to play the pentatonic and major scale patterns in which popular riffs and solos are based, you also learn about using arpeggio patterns, modes, harmonic minor scale patterns, and chord tone soloing (a technique in which you target chord tones in your lead lines in order to give your solos more direction and connect them more closely to the music). Fretboard Theory also gets into all the details of building chords, playing chord progressions, and understanding how popular songs are composed. If you would like well-rounded instruction on music that focuses specifically on the guitar fretboard and familiar guitar songs, then Fretboard Theory can teach you how to think and play like a pro easier and faster than you thought possible. To learn more, join the email list by filling in any form on this website or visit the store page.
That should do it. Take your time. It’s a slow, gradual process.