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Instrumental Melodic Rock Solo

Learn an entire guitar solo inspired by such greats as Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. Although you’ll learn the solo lick by lick, each lesson also serves as an in-depth study in technique, music theory and songwriting perspective.

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Learn an entire guitar solo inspired by such greats as Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. Although you’ll learn the solo lick by lick, each lesson also serves as an in-depth study in technique, music theory and songwriting perspective.

Lessons in this Series:

Lesson 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.

Length: 0:59 Difficulty: 0.0 Free Sample Lesson
Lesson 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.

Length: 7:35 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 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.

Length: 5:13 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 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.

Length: 8:12 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 5

Section 4 - Descending Arpeggio

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

Length: 4:56 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 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.

Length: 4:50 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 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.

Length: 7:07 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 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.

Length: 4:25 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 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.

Length: 4:57 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 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.

Length: 5:54 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 11

Section 10 - 16th Note Triplet Build to Chorus

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

Length: 5:53 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 12

Section 11 - Hardly Picking Legato Descent

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

Length: 9:44 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 13

Section 12 - Pick Tapping

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

Length: 5:42 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 14

Section 13 - Country G Pedal Tone

Chris teaches a lick that utilizes pedal tones.

Length: 5:01 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 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.

Length: 9:46 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
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