In this week’s guitar lesson you’ll learn how to improvise a melodic lead (includes a harmonized lead) by visualizing chord shapes. You’ll learn how to play the same licks in different places on the neck, thus playing the chord changes. I’ve also included 2 versions of the MP3 jam track (normal tempo, and a slow version).
Part 1 - Free Guitar Lesson
Part 2 - For Premium Members
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This one looks and sounds like loads of fun and as always very useful thanks Brian JohnStrat
San Luis Rey says
Looks like a great lesson Brian but I really was wondering if that’s a new Strat. Don’t remember seeing this one before. Looks like an American made with that bridge and nut and lace pickups. sounds great too.
Hey Mike, I’ve used this one in several videos through the years. It’s an American Strat from 1990 – all stock.
Jim M says
Always game for new musical ideas. Thanks Brian.
Another fun lesson !
Bill W2 says
Thank you Brian !! I’ve been waiting for a lesson like this !! Keep it going.
Michael J says
Ah mate, this is champion. I heard the news there’s good rockin’ tonight.
Thanks for a great one.
stephen r says
Nice one dude
Rob d says
There is a wrong mp3 file for downloading or playing EP 223- with guitar i think. I hear the track of ep 222.
Hey Rob, thanks for the heads up on this. You’re correct it was the wrong track. I have fixed this now.
Raymond P says
Great lesson, really helps me better understand how to create licks from chords.
we don t hate hybrid picking- ,… lol …..we love it..sounds great.- better effect than just the pick but some of us..me for one are just too spazzy to do it..I have tried- still trying–old habits die hard- I can usually work around it with the pic
nice lesson…it fits right in with a lot of other lessons…great stuff
like it fantastic fun while learning sounds great
Wilson G says
Brian your teaching is so helpful and practical ,learning so much ,thanks for the great teaching !
This is excellent Major progression ascending and descending double stops and triplets melodically harmonically..just a real good exercise and fun lesson !
Brilliant lesson Brian. Light bulbs for me too! I can see many more of this type coming in the future!
Bruce M says
Hey Brian, thanks for all your hard work.
I was wondering if it would be a hassle to include the BPM so we could set our metronomes for practice? Thanks for any consideration.
Jack J says
Hey Brian. I’m about 2 days new on this site. I joined the site because of one blues chords video I saw. I’m along for free for now but here’s the thing. One video got me to join. Now, just the second video and I’m intrigued. And I have a question about this video which is great btw. Having a way to visualize a solo or melody or riff or anything is a tremendous thing. But there’s a deviation in your lesson I’d love to get your explanation of. At the beginning while still in the D chord you play the 2nd and 3rd strings on the 12th fret naming it the G chord. And it is. And it SOUNDS GREAT. I get that. But a G chord is not in the A major scale at all. You also through in the term “IV chord”. The G is the IV chord of the D major scale. Is this relevant? I mention this because of the detail you went into about the I-IV-V progression. It seemed obvious you wanted to have that understood. I loved this video and will work on learning it in detail. If these two videos are an indication of what you have to show us you may have another premium member soon. 🙂 First I need to buy my 10 starving kids some new shoes. 🙂 🙂 GREAT STUFF!!! (truthfully, I only have one son and he’s grown 🙂 )
G is not in the major scale but it’s the 4 chord of D. I guess I was trying to make the point that you can play the 4 chord of any chord in a progression and make it work (most of the time that is).
Ron O says
Yet another fantastic video lesson, Brian. Thanks so much for pushing me out of my comfort zone. As you know, we can all get into “ruts” by playing the same old stuff we feel comfortable with. Playing off the chord makes so much sense and it sounds terrific. Have a great day.
Ron from San Jose, CA
Ron O says
Incidently, I just purchased a used. Strat Plus like yours a few weeks back. It’s the same color as yours and has become my favorite electric. Love the Lace Sensors, Wilkinson nut and locking tuners. It’s a keeper.
Ron from San Jose
Very cool Ron – I haven’t seen another one in that color (black pearlburst) I know they made lots of them, I’ve just never ran across one.
Yeah, baby. Another winner. We’ll be seeing you on the CMA award show soon !
Another masterpiece from the mind of Brian….incredable😎
Blake N says
I followed everything till the end where he played the a in the open position then did the walk up from there with the 2nd and third strings but not on the same frets and said that was still an a chord?
David B says
What other lessons are similar to this in learning/using chord fragment formations? thanx
Gilles H says
Great lesson Brian. Not too difficult and ties into jump blues and rockabilly. Nice melodic solo.
Paddy C says
So much great information packed into this lesson,excellent Brian thanks