In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play melodic fills and lead licks that are based on chord shapes. This is particularly helpful for those of you who are frustrated when trying to improvise and feel like your lead sounds too much like you’re just playing up and down a scale.
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I was just about to look at another lesson and here it is like a machine you are lol, another fun lesson and it is a happy kind of major summertime melody.. going to check this out tomorrow morning after a few walk throughs, very cool tones from your 000-15M
I love this and look forward to learning it.
richard t says
I don’t usually comment on lessons, but this one is worth learning, even if you don’t know much about chord shape soloing. Great composition.
Michael Allen says
Brian you always seem to come up with something that I need to practice. I love it! Thanks Brian
Bill B says
Great lesson Brian! I struggle with improvising on the fly and really look forward to digging into this one. I love the “why this works” part of your lessons. Excellent teaching!
Major summertime melody is right, Sunburst. Feel like eating a peach. Thanks for yet another great lesson Brian.
Joe S says
Pure Prairie League Style Lesson!
I can’t get enough of these rhtythm lessons. I’ve been experimenting with chord embellishments to take my rhythm playing to the next level, but further guidance and lick suggestions are not wasted on me. The first lick in this reminds me of ML 043, which has served me well already.
Jim M says
Amazing what you can discover when noodling within the different chord shapes.
kenny d says
thank you another great lesson ,if you do get a chance please do a lesson on licks from triads that would be great thank you.
Raymond P says
Great lesson Brian, some nice ideas how to use the chords and blues scales.
Saturday morning coffee and always good new lesson with Brian : )
Thanks, Brian. Parsonblue has it right The name could be Summertime Melody or Sunburst melody. I love the grateful Dead slap dash rhythm and the superb tone. Julie is playing rhythm on her classical guitar and I am playing lead. Wow!
Glenn and Julie
Doxey K says
Sometimes I have trouble figuring out where you are, Brian. Perhaps you could more often mention what measure you’re in.
Doxey K says
I mean, in the video vs. in the tab.
is e minor same a g major? Am I hearing you say E major at the 12th fret? ? That is E minor Pattern 1 ?
Yes that should be G Major pentatonic-
Chris C says
Thanks, Brian, this is a style of playing that I have been looking for for a very long time but really didn’t know what to call it. I hope that you will stay in this lane for a while and please teach us some of those triad fills.
The gear is not showing on my desktop? I can’t full screen any of my lessons. Any idea whats going on?
Click the 3 dots in the bottom right corner – then you’ll see the gear icon – also called “Settings” – it’s in there. You might have to scroll the settings box. If you’re on a desktop or laptop the gear icon will be there… it’s only in mobile mode that they’ve now added the 3 dots in the bottom right
Klickitat Jim says
Precisely what I need! And “Yes Please” to a grab bag of maj and min triad licks in the future.
I may take a break from learning/memorizing/mimicking lessons, and focus a bit on improv. Probably the only way I’ll improve.
Klickitat Jim says
Actually… I think licks are licks. Whether we call them triad licks or chord shape licks or scale position licks, all the same thing. But some cool licks that we can think of from a triad shape point of view would be awesome!
Klickitat Jim says
Meanwhile… I bet there are several in this episode LOL
David L says
Hi Brian, Thanks for all your great lessons. As well as looking forward to your new weekly lessons i’m Finding looking back through the past lessons there’s a lot i’ wasn’t ready for at the time or wasn’t into that style. Really getting into the Western swing, Chet Atkins style lessons and there’s quite a few to keep me busy for a while.
Darryl J says
I think these fill lessons are probably my favorite of all your great lessons. I think of it as playing the guitar like a piano player would play to complement a song. Great instruction as always.
Anthony L says
Loved it Brian did you play the mandolin on the backing track
I did 🙂
Franz S says
Walter D says
Really glad you didn’t throw this one away. Loved it!
Tom D says
I can’t print the music because the symbol you click om that enlarges it and displays the print command is missing.
They have changed the layout recently – so if you’re on a desktop or laptop you’ll still see the gear icon in the bottom right, if you’re on a tablet or mobile you’ll now see three little dots in the right corner. Click on that, and then you can see “Settings” – under settings you’ll be able to scroll that window and find everything you need.
Les Brown says
In the first few seconds of this lesson I just began to laugh out loud. From PURE JOY. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL. I spend a lot of money on some VERY great online guitar teachers. I don’t like to tag anyone as the BEST, because it just sounds so juvenile. But I’ll tell you what, Brian. When I want to learn something new on guitar, THIS IS THE SITE I VISIT FIRST. Every time. And you have NEVER disappointed me. Not once.
Not to mention that your explanations always tie the new stuff into what I already know, and expand my understanding of the instrument in huge strides. When I play some of your compositions, people listening think I can play way better than I actually can. And THAT is a real kick!!!!
Tom D says
Thanks for the information on using the new system for printing the music. I am using a desktop PC and I get the 3 dots, but I followed your instructions and it worked. I am having trouble playing fingerstyle in EP319. I used to be good at it, but that was a long time ago. Now that I have the music I can keep practicing until I master it. My biggest problem is muted strings caused by my finger touching the adjacent string when I try to play a chord arpeggio.
Lovely melody, I could listen to that all day
Joost W says
Do you think you can put some slide guitar music on this great website?
man- nice backing track ,,,the mandolin is killer!..your getting pretty good on that – i think I remember when you said you just started playing it.
.i mean this in the nicest way–
– i review a lot of old lessons and you have come light years with the backing tracts- with th lessons too- I dont mean to say anything negative about the older ones..but it just gets better,,this is a good one too..lots of good ideas as usual. so thanks
monica s says
Brian, first of all, this was a fantastic lesson. Question for you, caged system D7, so the B7 and the E7 are the same chord? And I believe every three frets, like with diminished chords, it repeats. Is there a rule of substitution here? Again, what a great lesson.
Philip H says
Great lesson. Chock full of ideas. Can’t say anymore.
Stuart S says
Thank you again for building in all the underpinning theory Brian, I feel this is one thing that makes your teaching so powerful.
Noshan G says
If I can only collect 20licks you taught us and played in different chord in blues scales,I will be more than happy.You are a very good teacher Brian….Namaste and thanx from Nepal.
Tim Jordan says
Wondering why you didn’t do a section on the rhythm? That would of been nice!
I love going back thru the lessons and finding these gems. Wonder what the story is on the “R” scratched into the guitar?
I wish I knew – there are 3 of them if you look closely.
I’m even more curious now.
Mariela G says
Amazing! Thanks Brian. I have learnt so much from your lessons.
That last lick starting at the 15th fret 1st string to the end is probably my favorite lick iv learned from you. just brilliant