Guitar Solo - Theory and Improvisation Lessons
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Guitar Solo - Theory and Improvisation Lessons

Learn how to solo on guitar in any style of music. Watch guitar solo lessons on improvisation and music theory!
4.0 (4 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
151 students enrolled
Created by Will Edwards
Last updated 4/2017
English
Price: $60
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 34 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Play by ear, improvising the music in your head on the guitar in realtime!
  • Improvise solos across the entire fretboard, using music theory and fretboard theory.
  • Develop a personal expressive style, NOT canned solos, riffs and licks.
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Requirements
  • Students should be able to play major and minor scales on the guitar with ease.
  • Students should have an interest in lead guitar styles and players.
Description

Learning to play a great guitar solo starts with a clear understanding of how and why a great guitar solo works. You'll learn how different note choices will convey different emotional impact. But, even more importantly, students will discover that a holistic approach to music encourages each player to develop their own "style" - not just reuse a collection of pre-fabricated licks and riffs.

Discover the simplest ways to choose the right notes in your guitar solo. You'll get 34 video lectures designed to help you move beyond obvious licks and riffs and develop your own, personalized "style".

  • Super-concise lectures with hands on practice
  • Intuitive, graphically enhanced lectures
  • Escape the shapes (or "How to stop just running scales")
  • Learn to play what you hear
  • Play a guitar solo over any chord progression, in any genre

This may be the last guitar solo course you'll need!

Whether you’re a beginner, a regular performer or just looking to develop a more individual "style", this course will provide a refreshing and engaging perspective. You'll go beyond scales and technical wizardry into the realm of real self-expression. Hands-On exercises will help you gain a holistic command of your guitar.

Content and Overview

This course is ideal for intermediate and advanced guitarists (and any musician who wants to learn to craft a great guitar solo). Each of the thoughtfully crafted 34 lectures contains clear and concise explanations. You'll get focused, useful instruction that will teach you a holistic approach to playing your next guitar solo. Each section of this course begins with in-depth lectures that cover the essential information you need to know. Each section teaches powerful skills related to a single, clear goal. Each skill is taught in 2 lectures: Lecture 1 is always an explanation of the principles while Lecture 2 is always a hands on lesson that is carefully designed to demonstrate how to apply your new skills.

Its best to learn by doing, so you’ll be encouraged to play along, following chord diagrams, guitar tab and music notation for each exercise. You’ll understand why and how a great guitar solo hits you in the gut. You’ll learn how to use your ears to play the music in your head and improvise a great solo in realtime.

As a performing musician and private instructor with over 14 years of professional experience, my methods explain how music fundamentals work logically. In addition, my teaching style leans heavily on demonstration - especially where there are interconnected relationships that are essential to understand if you want to play a great guitar solo by ear and from the heart.

What are the requirements?

Students should be able to play major and minor scales on the guitar with ease.
Students should have an interest in lead guitar styles and players.
What am I going to get from this course?

Play by ear, improvising the music in your head on the guitar in realtime!
Improvise solos across the entire fretboard, using music theory and fretboard theory.
Develop a personal expressive style, NOT canned solos, riffs and licks.
What is the target audience?

This course is perfect for intermediate and experienced players who want to learn how to improvise great guitar solos.
This course is intended for students that are motivated to practice and learn new material and techniques.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is perfect for intermediate and experienced players who want to learn how to improvise great guitar solos.
  • This course is intended for students that are motivated to practice and learn new material and techniques.
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Curriculum For This Course
34 Lectures
01:32:23
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Introduction to the Course
3 Lectures 05:30

This overview clarifies the relationship between the goals, musical skills and hands on guitar exercises in this course.

Preview 01:32

Learn how to fill in the gaps of your musical knowledge - this lecture highlights what the essential take-away will be from each section. I also emphasize the importance of the many hands on guitar excercises in this course.

Preview 02:46

Self-assessment is a crucial part of empowering students when they learn.  Here, we'll elaborate on the simple, printable self-assessment PDF (available as a download with this lecture).

Initial Self-Assessment
01:12
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Play What You Hear/Improvising
8 Lectures 18:49

Discover a step-by-step method for playing what you hear on your guitar.  Understand how it works and how this entire course's workflow contributes to developing related, musical skills.

Playing What You Hear Explained
01:49

We define what melody is.  We also identify 12 intervals in western music that form the backbone of this section of the course.

What You Need to Know
01:18

Quickly start honing your ear by focusing on 3 perfect melodies (that you probably already know by heart!).

Skill #1: Playing Familiar Melodies
01:30

Begin the hands-on work in this course with this introduction to a deceptively simple, but powerful exercise that you do on your own to learn how to play your guitar by ear.

Hands On Practice: Familiar Melodies
01:36

Lets get even more specific about our 12 intervals.  Learning to recognize each interval using familiar melodies is a the tried-and-true method used by millions to "hear" the music in their head.  This is how you do it!

Preview 07:08

Knowing what to practice is important.  Knowing HOW to practice may be more important.  This lecture illuminates the most practical way to use our new interval knowledge in a hands-on way.

Hands On Practice: Recognizing Intervals
01:57

Build on the lectures in this section and create your own melodies using a 3-step recipe for success.

Skill #3: Intervallic Melodies
02:08

I'll walk you through how to apply what you've learned and we'll talk about how much practice is enough...

Preview 01:23

Quiz #1: Play What You Hear
5 questions
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Escape the Shapes
6 Lectures 17:49

Know which elements and details to keep an eye out for in this section.  The benefits of this section (on your soloing style and proficiency) are significant, provided you get the big picture.

Escaping the Shapes Explained
01:19

Maximize your gains from this section of the course by understanding the technical benchmarks you should achieve.

What You Need to Know
00:47

Let's go under the hood with the 5 scale shapes/patterns/boxes.  I'll talk about what to focus on in order to advance your guitar solos as quickly as possible.

Skill #1: The 5 Shapes
02:18

Get hands-on and learn which target speeds and practice techniques will make your hard work pay off the fastest.

Hands On Practice: The 5 Shapes
02:35

Learn how to rethink guitar soloing in terms of 4 tone types.  These will help you determine, intuitively, how every note will sound "emotionally" when you play them in your original guitar solos.

Skill #2: The 4 Tone Types
04:23

The 4 tone types can be learned quicker, using the carefully designed excercises in this lecture.  You’ll learn how to build muscle-memory of the 4 tone types, making a personal, stylistic approach to soloing much, much easier!

Hands On Practice: The 4 Tone Types
06:27

Quiz #2: Escape the Shapes
5 questions
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Understanding How to Develop a Personal Style
11 Lectures 31:28

Understand how to advance your guitar soloing ability by using familiar fretboard techniques, but see them in a brand new context (origin and destination tones).

Solo Techniques Explained
01:47

I want you to understand the big picture - 3 aspects of solo “design”.  This lecture will form the basis for our upcoming discussion of practical soloing techniques.

What You Need to Know
02:54

Become familiar with important considerations for learning (and applying) very common fretboard techniques in much more useful and expressive way.

Embellishing Explained
02:22

Everyone uses hammer-ons.  But, very few guitarists are thoughtful about it.  Origin and destination tones give the hammer-on new purpose and effect!

Skill #1: Embellishing with Hammer-Ons
02:21

Discover how the concepts of origin and destination tones transform the simple pull-off into a more meaningful (and expressive) technique.

Skill #2: Embellishing with Pull-Offs
01:30

Bending strings makes a sound unique to the guitar (not possible on many other instruments).  Therefore, bending can be used to engage your listeners very effectively, but only if you consider its aspects in more detail... find out how.

Skill #3: Embellishing with Bends
02:23

Bring “flavor” to your toolkit of guitar solo techniques with the slide.  Again, origin and destination tones are as important as ever, but there are other aspects to this “flavor” that you want to consider...

Skill #4: Embellishing with Slides
02:47

Use the many tab and audio examples (provided as downloads) to get optimized hands-on experience with embellishments as we've discussed - with special attention to origin and destination tones.

Hands On Practice: Embellishments
02:04

Advertise your new guitar soloing skills in your next solo - using phrasing! Fretboard technique is more than flashy fretboard wizardry.  Learn about phrasing and how it works like language - lets talk about how to “say” what's on your mind…

Skill #5: Phrasing
04:46

Communicate more colors and shades in your guitar solos using sequences and modal tonics.  Discover how they help us (and our listeners) traverse a broad emotional range.

*A Deeper Look: Sequences and Modal Tonics
06:11

Take ownership of your new essential solo skills and techniques...  Here’s how - a simple, straigt-forward 3-step recipe for unchaining your hands and creativity.

Hands On Practice: Your Personal Style
02:23

Quiz #3: Solo Techniques
5 questions
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Making it Holistic
4 Lectures 10:17

Optimize your solos by understanding the strengths (and weaknesses) of our human intellect.  I'll help relate these strengths and weaknesses to the topics, concepts and skills you’ve learned in this course.

Intellectual Practice
02:46

Music performance relies heavily on your intuition - understand how to take advantage of (and develop) your intuition to make your guitar solos better and more personally expressive.

Intuitive Practice
03:27

Gain a fresh perspective on where musical academics and creativity add up to more than the sum of their parts - fluent creativity.

Holistic Practice
02:28

Complete an expanded self-assessment and compare it with your initial self-assessment (from the beginning of the course) in order to clearly see how this course has advanced your academic, technical and expressive guitar soloing capabilities.

Final Self-Assessment
01:36
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Conclusion to the Course
2 Lectures 08:30

Claim your new skills by reflecting on the highlights of this course.

You've Done It!
03:55

Start 3 self-driven projects, maintain your learning momentum and continue making gains as a lead guitarist.

Next Steps
04:35
About the Instructor
Will Edwards
4.2 Average rating
7 Reviews
261 Students
3 Courses
Music Instructor at Udemy and Music Protest

I've am a full-time professional musician who has broad teaching experience with guitar & bass students in rock, blues, jazz and many other genres. I've devoted over 24 years to my own well-rounded musical education, focusing on a mastery of all aspects of modern music - from practice routines to ear training; from live performance to composition and music theory.

I specialize in bridging the gap between music and technology, focusing on using modern tools to demonstrate all aspects of music. I'm extremely comfortable using web-based tools and mobile devices in education, performance and composition. I even program my own online tools in order to customize my students' learning experience.

I currently maintain a full calendar of private one-on-one students. I offer clear, accessible lessons for beginners and experts alike.