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Chris Liepe

Series Introduction

Chris Liepe introduces his new series that showcases a full, fast-paced progressive rock solo. You will learn the solo lick by lick, as well as some great skills and techniques along the way.

Taught by Chris Liepe in Progressive Rock Solo seriesLength: 3:03Difficulty: 0.0 of 5


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dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied on February 7th, 2014

PLEASE NOTE: the complete solo is included with this lesson to go with the full demo. This way you also can print it and go along with each lesson in the series.

makonemakone replied on January 29th, 2014

how come since september 2013 there is no backing track this is no good sorry how can you learn a song without the song

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on February 4th, 2014

you can find the backing track here: http://members.jamplay.com/guitar/phase-2/lesson/2164-series-introduction-solo-lesson-composed-soloing

makonemakone replied on January 29th, 2014

awesome but there is no backing track

thesnowdogthesnowdog replied on December 5th, 2013

Chris, I take it that this is from a song for an unfinished project, or am I misunderstanding? I'd be interested in hearing the whole song if it's available.

cccattorneycccattorney replied on November 1st, 2013

Thanks very much Chris. This is a cool series. Nice ideas to put together.

maurogiffomaurogiffo replied on October 6th, 2013

Thanks Chris for this new lessons! Would be nice to add also the backing track.

iemoriemor replied on September 26th, 2013

Awesome Chris really looking forward to this series !

Progressive Rock Solo

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Learn a full progressive rock solo lick by lick in this series of lessons. Each lesson teaches a lick from the solo, or an alternative lick that can be played over the progression, and a variety of different skills and techniques.



Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Chris Liepe introduces his new series that showcases a full, fast-paced progressive rock solo. You will learn the solo lick by lick, as well as some great skills and techniques along the way.

Length: 3:03 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

Section 1: Solo Beginning

Chris begins with the first lick in the solo. With a mini melody that pulls you right in, this lick is almost more of an introduction to the solo. While learning this lick, Chris encourages you to pay...

Length: 5:08 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

Section 2: Introduction to Melody

Chris gets started on the primary melody. While the melody spans the whole solo, this lesson just focuses on the first part. This lick is derived from the C# minor pentatonic scale.

Length: 6:46 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

Section 3: Melody Lick

Chris looks at the next section of the solo. This lick fits perfectly with the main melody. It provides a smooth transition and added excitement. Chris looks at the notes can be added to the minor pentatonic...

Length: 5:30 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Section 4: Sweeping

Chris dives into the next section of the progressive rock solo. This time, the focus is on sweeping. This section of the solo adds speed and kicks the energy level up a notch.

Length: 12:08 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Section 5: Sweeping Part 2

Chris demonstrates a lick that will give you more practice with sweep picking. Though this lick is not in the solo, some of the positions are.

Length: 13:39 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

Section 6: Sweeping Part 3

Chris takes a look at one more sweep picking lick that is not in the solo. Like the first sweeping lick, this one is very fusion in nature.

Length: 5:19 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

Section 7: Unison Bend

Chris dives back into the solo. This time he offers up a lick with a fun unison bend. This lick is based in the C# minor scale.

Length: 6:08 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

Section 8: Chromatic Alternate Picking

Chris continues with lick 8 of this progressive rock solo. This time, you will play fast chromatic lines with alternate picking.

Length: 5:11 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 10

Section 9: Pentatonic Sequence

Chris takes another break from the solo. This time, he looks at a pentatonic sequence that is reminiscent of something Jimmy Page might do.

Length: 6:48 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 11

Section 10: Octave Higher

In this lesson, Chris looks at the melody of the solo in a higher octave. Playing in a different fretboard position/a different range might help open up some new ideas.

Length: 4:03 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 12

Section 11: Ending Lick

Chris finishes out the progressive rock solo with a fairly simple tapping lick.

Length: 6:27 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 13

Section 12: Tapping

Although you finished the solo in the last lesson, Chris offers up one more tapping lick for your enjoyment.

Length: 7:10 Difficulty: 2.5 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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