Instrumental Melodic Rock Solo

Genre and Style Guitar Course from Chris Liepe

Learn an entire guitar solo inspired by such greats as Joe Satriani and Steve Vai.

15 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.

Multi-Camera

Course filmed with 6 cameras for the perfect angles.

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Full Course Breakdown

You’ll learn this solo lick by lick, and in the process, discover that each lesson also serves as an in-depth study in technique, music theory and songwriting perspective.

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1

Introduction

Chris Liepe introduces the lesson series. In this series you will learn an amazing melodic rock guitar solo one lick at a time.

0:59 Runtime

0.0 Difficulty

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2

Section 1 - Muted, Docile Lydian Hook

Chris teaches the first lick of his instrumental melodic rock guitar solo. This verse hook grounds the listener with repetition. The subdued nature of the line leaves plenty of lift for the coming transition to the chorus.

7:35 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

3

Section 2 - High and Low Lydian Sequence

Inch your volume knob up just a tad, but let the clean tone of the guitar shine through on these Satriani-inspired bursts of speed. Inserting runs like these into calmer sections of a passage help prepare the listener for energy that presents itself later in the song.

5:13 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

4

Section 3 - Chorus Hook and Alternating 6-b7

This is the second and primary hook of the song. It is joined with a repetitive call and answer lick.

8:12 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

5

Section 4 - Descending Arpeggio

This lick is the first of two speedy and articulate descending lines.

4:56 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

6

Section 5 - Behind the Beat Bending

Inspired by the simplicity found in the playing of classic artists like Chuck Berry, this bendy line illustrates the power of intentionally pulling back within the beat to make the notes stand for more than they are worth.

4:50 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

7

Section 6 - Moving to Dorian

Chris teaches a lick that temporarily modulations into Dorian. The lick is descending and is played with alternate picking.

7:07 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

8

Section 7 - Slow Staccato to Fast Legato

In this section the lick returns to Mixolydian with a slow staccato passage that ends up as fast legato.

4:25 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

9

Section 8 - Lydian 6ths

Chris Liepe teaches a lick that uses 6th intervals. In addition to learning the exact solo lick, you’ll learn a few cool ways to navigate the neck with 6ths.

4:57 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

10

Section 9 - Three Note Slurs

Just like with the first verse, sudden bursts of Lydian speed help move us down the road. The power of this passage is in the pauses and the way certain notes are emphasized.

5:54 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

11

Section 10 - 16th Note Triplet Build to Chorus

Chris Liepe teaches a lick that features triplets, alternate picking, palm muting, and rhythmic repetition.

5:53 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

12

Section 11 - Hardly Picking Legato Descent

Chris teaches a blistering, descending legato lick inspired by Steve Vai.

9:44 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

13

Section 12 - Pick Tapping

This lick features some tapping with the blunt edge of the pick.

5:42 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

14

Section 13 - Country G Pedal Tone

Chris teaches a lick that utilizes pedal tones.

5:01 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

15

Section 14 - The Final Ascent and Bend

This lick combines good legato speed with accented, alternate picking. It is a perfect example of how rhythm, speed, and register work to build energy.

9:46 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

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  • Greeley, CO
  • Playing since 1995
  • 244 lessons at JamPlay
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.
Reviews & Feedback 81/100 with 52 ratings
TonySlashT

A well put together solo, not easy, in fact I'd say almost impossible and if I hadn't seen and heard Chris play the whole thing, well he's good. In difficulty rating, I 'd say 10/10 but it gives us something to aim at Fun but bloody painful,ou

LuvSatch

I forever wanted to learn Joe S. style. THANKYOU!!!!!!!!!!!

JakeRhodes

I like the sound of this lick.

natejohnson138

Very is to understand