Series Introduction Solo Lesson (Composed Soloing) (Guitar Lesson)


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Chris Liepe

Series Introduction Solo Lesson (Composed Soloing)

Chris teaches the solo that was used in the introduction lesson for this series. He uses the solo as an example of how to effectively compose your own solos.

Taught by Chris Liepe in Rock Guitar with Chris Liepe seriesLength: 22:09Difficulty: 3.5 of 5
If you've been keeping up with this series, you'll remember this from the introductory lesson. This solo is actually from a song I recorded with the Brandon McSwain Band off of the album "Back To Life and Dreaming". All the rhythm tracks were recorded by the band and myself. Then, after a few months, the song was sent to me to 'compose' a solo over the ending. At the time, I had no idea that they would hire a horn section to play with the ending melody I came up with for the solo.

When I got the tracks for the album so that I could do the final mixes for the band, I was pleasantly surprised to hear horns, and other tasty overdubs that were not there when I had initially played over the track.

I had about 15 different versions of this solo as I experimented with what would ultimately work best over the track. Most of them were flashier, included more notes and didn't have near the melodic presence that you hear in the final version. If I had gone the "paid by the note" direction, there would likely not have been any way of creating a horn line out of what I'd come up with... or worse yet, they would have scrapped the guitar solo idea and put some other instrument in there.

This kind of thing happened again and again on this project. Since I wasn't the last musician to add tracks to each song, my guitar work either inspired other instrumentalists to come up with new lines, or competed in a really awkward way with what others were doing (then I'd have to scrap my parts and usually add something much more subtle). Playing guitar for this album was yet another reminder to keep my guitar playing simple, sing-able, musical, and memorable.

It is my hope that while you're learning this solo, you'll think about how some of the techniques and lines you've learned can be incorporated in to your own compositions as a lead guitarist. The entire solo is tabbed out and the backing track for this section of the song is included in the supplemental content for this lesson. If you're interested in the band, you can check 'em out on iTunes.

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metsrokmetsrok replied on April 3rd, 2012

great solo! can't wait to learn it. one question though. why didn't u just use the 9th fret of the D string instead of having to go with ur right hand to the 4th fret of the G string?

souldksouldk replied on July 23rd, 2011

I can't get the GP file to work. seems like it is a different format than GP uses. Maybe it is just me

Tyler.RughTyler.Rugh replied on July 25th, 2011

Hey Soul, I haven't had any issues with the file. Are you using GP 6?

JarjorJarjor replied on July 22nd, 2011

great solo lesson dude, Iwas wondering what you were using for eqipment to produce that sweet tone. thanks

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on July 22nd, 2011

Thanks! Here's my signal chain for this lesson: Fender American deluxe hss Strat with a Dimarzio Norton humbucker in the bridge and N3s in the neck and middle -> Ibanez TS808 -> Boss DS1 -> Waves PRS Guitar Active DI ->Mbox 2 Pro ->Waves GTR on the 'Clean" amp with all the knobs at 12 o'clock, mic'd with a 409 on axis -> Waves GTR Stereo Delay Plugin.

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on July 22nd, 2011

I should clarify... the "mic'd" comment refers to a mic model in Waves GTR running in Pro Tools on my MacBook, not an actual mic. It's a combo of real pedals and fake amps :)

Rock Guitar with Chris Liepe

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Instrumental Rock carries with it many creative aspects both in writing and playing. By the end of this series, Chris will have covered almost everything you will need to know to create and play your very own melodic instrumental rock piece, with emotion!



Lesson 1

Rock Essentials Introduction

Chris Liepe introduces his Phase 2 Rock Essentials lesson series. By highlighting specific instrumental rock styles and techniques, Chris will help you become a more melodically creative player.

Length: 3:57 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
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3 on a String Scales

Chris Liepe starts off his Rock Essentials series with a lesson on 3 on a string scales. Utilizing 3, 4, and 6 note sequencing, Chris begins to dive into instrumental rock style phrasing and provides several...

Length: 37:00 Difficulty: 3.5 FREE
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Chris introduces the pentatonic scales as well as some of their basic applications.

Length: 19:35 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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Chord Numbering

Chris Liepe takes some time to explain chord numbering. Understanding how chords are built will only help in your overall knowledge of the guitar.

Length: 16:25 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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The CAGED System

Chris breaks down the CAGED system and its chord chemistry. He covers both major and minor chord forms.

Length: 35:06 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
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Chris digs into the sweep picking technique. He uses the C, A, and E forms introduced in the previous lesson to help with finger synchronization.

Length: 27:15 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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Chris moves on to the subject of modes. He explains where modes come from, how they sound, and how they are used.

Length: 30:04 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
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Modal Pentatonic Scales

This lesson demonstrates how to modify the old trusty 5th fret A minor pentatonic position to make it sound modal.

Length: 10:30 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
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Modal Chord Progressions

How do you know which mode to use? There are giveaways with every chord progression, and Chris covers them in this lesson.

Length: 17:12 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Complete Major / Minor Scale Using Penatonic Scales

Chris demonstrates how to complete the major and minor scale by using pentatonic positions based on the roots of the I, IV, and V chords.

Length: 14:52 Difficulty: 4.5 Members Only
Lesson 11

Melodic Development

Chris Liepe utilizes everything he has taught in the series so far to demonstrate how to create catchy lead lines over a backing track.

Length: 15:30 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
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Chris Liepe delves into the world of implied tonalities. This lesson details how a single arpeggio can be implied over various chordal sounds.

Length: 25:40 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 13

Series Introduction Solo Lesson (Composed Soloing)

Chris teaches the solo that was used in the introduction lesson for this series. He uses the solo as an example of how to effectively compose your own solos.

Length: 22:09 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 14

2 Hand Tapping

It's time to give the right hand hand some work with two hand tapping on the guitar neck.

Length: 31:26 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
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Thoughts on Practice

With so much material out there, what should you focus on? How much time do you spend on a certain topic? How do you progress? How do you measure progress? Chris covers all of these topics in this lesson.

Length: 17:16 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 16

Get to Know Chris Liepe

Chris Liepe offers up some insight into his past. Hopefully this lesson will help you further your own goals as a guitarist.

Length: 11:42 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only

About Chris Liepe View Full Biography Chris Liepe was born on September 17th, 1981 in Portland OR. His first instrument was piano which he pursued until discovering his love for the electric guitar in high school. He became fans of such groups as Soundgarden, Collective Soul and U2 inspiring him to start singing, songwriting and helping others in their musical endeavors with teaching, co-writing and album production.

Having moved to Colorado with his family, he began gigging, recording and teaching in a number of music stores as well as out of his apartment until deciding to pursue music full time. He moved to Denver, CO to complete a Bachelors in Music Technology and was then hired on by Sweetwater Productions, a division of Sweetwater Sound and one of the largest, most successful recording studios in the Midwest.

Chris spent nearly 4 years at Sweetwater as a producer, recording engineer, studio musician and writer. During this time he had the privilege of working with many artists including Augustana, Landon Pigg, Jars of Clay, and Mercy Me. He also wrote for and played on numerous independent albums and hundreds of radio/TV commercials.

Wanting to get back to his favorite State in the world (Colorado) and feeling the urge to 'go freelance', Chris moved to Greeley, CO and opened his own recording and teaching studio. He continues to write and produce music for artists and agencies and is happy to be among the proud JamPlay.com instructors.

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