In this lesson, Matt will shows you different techniques used in improvised solos, including: octaves, chromatic escape licks, and repeating licks.
Taught by Matt Brown in Rock Guitar with Matt Brown seriesLength: 12:51Difficulty: 3.0 of 5
On the guitar, a note's higher octave can be found two strings away. The higher of the two notes is two frets up the neck. There are two exceptions to this rule. In the case of the fourth and second string, as well as the third and first string, the higher note is three frets up. Simply play the two strings simultaneously while muting the string between them.Here are some more examples of octave use in a solo:
Playing any melody line in octaves has many great advantages. Playing octaves can fatten up the sound by giving it a simultaneous rhythmic/melodic feel. Octaves have a contrasting texture to single note lines. As a result, switching from a single note line to octaves can take a solo in a totally new, fresh direction.
This technique was originally exploited to great effect by jazz great Wes Montgomery. Listen to any of his recordings for countless examples of stellar octave use. Notice how he applies this technique when playing the melody, soloing, and occasionally while accompanying.
"My Friends" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers (Dave Navarro)Chapter 2: (5:07) Chromatic Escape Licks Start with a short lick in any tonality. Repeat the lick while ascending or descending by a fret at a time. Eventually you'll hit a point on the fretboard where the lick is within the scale once again. This technique is one method that falls under the broad category of "outside playing." Playing within a scale, then briefly stepping outside, and finally returning to it is what is referred to as outside playing. This technique, when used sparsely, can add some extra melodic interest to a solo. Outside notes are points of tension that grab the listener's attention. This is because they shatter the ear's expectations. The listener gets used to hearing material in one tonality. Once the performer steps outside the tonality, it comes as a surprise to the ears. Keep in mind, this can be a good or a bad surprise depending on how it's pulled off! Guitarist Marty Friedman once compared this technique to hanging out in a bad neighborhood. It's really exciting at first, but if you stay there too long, you're bound to get shot! The same is true of playing a solo. Don't linger too long in one spot.
"Third Stone from the Sun" by Jimi Hendrix
"H" by Tool (Adam Jones)
1. Come up with a catchy, short lick. Repeat the lick in a different octave (higher or lower).The challenge to this technique is that the lick must work over each chord. For this reason, it is best to keep repeated licks short and simple. Mastering this technique can provide yet another highlighted point of interest in your solo.
2. Play a repeating lick (in the same octave) as the chords in the progression continue to change. This is a technique jazz players commonly refer to as "riffing." The lick remains constant, but the way it sounds in relation to the chords is constantly changing.
Chuck Berry among others pioneered the style of rock and roll in the 1950's. Today, rock and roll remains the most popular genre of music. Over the years the genre has progressed & spawned many sub-genres: soft rock, classic rock, punk rock, and more. Dive into this Phase 2 set of lessons to become a master of rock.
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In this lesson, Matt Brown introduces a rock lick and shows how several famous players have modified it.Length: 19:30 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In this lesson Matt teaches some crucial rock sequences. He also explains how these sequences can be integrated in to your playing.Length: 34:52 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Matt Brown explains which scales can be used when playing a solo over a diatonic progression in a major key. As an example, he teaches the solo section to Candlebox's song "Far Behind."Length: 33:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
This lesson covers the natural minor scale and diatonic natural minor progressions. Matt uses the solo section to "Stairway to Heaven" as an example.Length: 24:55 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In lesson 19 Matt provides instruction on developing right hand skills including string skipping.Length: 26:38 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In lesson 20, Matt discusses chord progressions that don't follow a diatonic tonality.Length: 29:07 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt begins to discuss and demonstrate the harmonic minor scale.Length: 29:46 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In lesson 22, Matt continues his discussion of the harmonic minor tonality.Length: 14:36 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In lesson 23, Matt takes a look at the solo section for the song "Sweet Child O' Mine."Length: 19:43 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Matt will be taking a look at the solo section from the live version of the Smashing Pumpkins song "Today".Length: 7:29 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Matt Brown reviews and discusses the solo section to AC/DC's hit "Back In Black".Length: 9:34 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In lesson 26, Matt covers the solo section from the Alice in Chains song "Brother".Length: 9:42 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Matt Brown discusses lead guitarists, what makes a good solo, and tips for your own lead playing.Length: 41:06 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Matt Brown teaches a number of exercises aimed at improving your legato playing technique.Length: 37:16 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Matt Brown demonstrates a few exercises to build skill and speed in your right hand.Length: 15:06 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Matt Brown teaches Heitor Villa-Lobos' 1st Etude as a lesson in string skipping.Length: 38:47 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Matt Brown demonstrates how to play three octave versions of the minor pentatonic and the major scales in all 12 keys.Length: 16:56 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt Brown demonstrates how to play all seven of the diatonic intervals within the framework of a horizontal major scale.Length: 23:01 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Matt Brown discuss diatonic arpeggios as a theory lesson as well as demonstrating the technique.Length: 9:55 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Matt Brown explains how to play the diatonic seventh chords of the major scale. Similar to lesson 32, this lesson takes a horizontal approach to the fretboard.Length: 10:46 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Matt Brown teaches a progression and accompanying solo to demonstrate ideas for creating your own.Length: 21:34 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt Brown takes a look at another chord progression and solo.Length: 17:29 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In lesson 37 of the Rock Series, Matt Brown demonstrates and talks about legato playing ideas.Length: 21:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Matt Brown switches gears in lesson 38 to start talking about rhythm concepts for rock playing.Length: 27:44 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Matt Brown discusses some often used techniques to build effective rock compositions.Length: 17:27 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Matt Brown shows off some ways to add some creativity and originality to your rock chord voicings.Length: 11:59 Difficulty: 1.5 FREE
Matt Brown takes another look at his approach to soloing. He demonstrates ideas you can use in your own playing.Length: 12:10 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt Brown adds practice to his lead approach by giving you another chord progression to solo over.Length: 7:14 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt Brown has another chord progression and solo exercise to go over in this lesson on lead approach.Length: 10:25 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt Brown takes another look at string skipping. He breaks down some key areas of Matteo Carcassi's Allegro as an exercise.Length: 16:29 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
About Matt Brown
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Matt Brown began playing the guitar at the age of 11. "It was a rule in my family to learn and play an instrument for at least two years. I had been introduced to a lot of great music at the time by friends and their older siblings. I was really into bands like Nirvana, Alice In Chains, and Smashing Pumpkins, so the decision to pick up the guitar came pretty easily."
Matt's musical training has always followed a very structured path. He began studying the guitar with Dayton, Ohio guitar great Danny Voris. I began learning scales, chords, and basic songs like any other guitarist. After breaking his left wrist after playing for only a year, Matt began to study music theory in great detail. I wanted to keep going with my lessons, but I obviously couldn't play at all. Danny basically gave me the equivalent of a freshman year music theory course in the span of two months. These months proved to have a huge impact on Brown's approach to the instrument.
Brown continued his music education at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. He completed a degree in Classical Guitar Performance in 2002. While at Capital, he also studied jazz guitar and recording techniques in great detail. "I've never had any desire to perform jazz music. Its lack of relevance to modern culture has always turned me off. However, nothing will improve your chops more than studying this music."
Matt Brown currently resides in Dayton, Ohio. He teaches lessons locally as well as at Capital University's Community Music School. Matt's recent projects include writing and recording with his new, as of yet nameless band as well as the formation of a cover band called The Dirty Cunnies.
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