Real World Soloing, 96 Rock Licks, Ear Training with Steve Stein & Dan Denley (2016)
Real World Soloing: Once the basics of lead guitar playing such as scales and arpeggios have been covered, inquisitive minds would ask things like "How do I solo over a rock song?” People can go on asking things about soloing over metal, pop, country, blues, or what have you.
Or a deeper question might be when do we solo from a logical, music theory perspective or when do we solo by pure "feel” alone? Such questions are answered by none other that Steve Stine in his course called "Real World Soloing”. This course provides all what you need to approach songs ranging from a piece of music with a logical chord progression to songs with chords that don’t make sense yet sound really good.
Content Runtime: 4Hours 22Mins
96 Rock Licks
Music, just like any language, has two important factors: vocabulary and grammar. You wouldn’t be able to speak, say, rock if you don’t know enough "words” right? And this is why Steve Stine’s "96 Rock Licks” will always be a great addition to your ever expanding arsenal of licks and tricks to be include in your guitar playing.
As it’s name says, the course contains 96 licks that have been inspired by the vast influences that make up rock ranging from the vocal-like quality of the blues to the wild and crazy world of 80s influenced guitar tricks like Van Halen style divebombs.
Content Runtime: Approx 4Hours 21Mins
Essential Ear Training For Guitarists
Essential Ear Training will help you develop music-sensitive ears and double your effectiveness.
Content Runtime: Approx 39mins
TrueFire Transitions To Jazz with David Becker
Jazz guitar is certainly not the easiest style of music to learn how to play, but if you’re already a rock or blues player then you already know more about playing jazz guitar than you might think you do. Jazz (like rock) is rooted in the blues. Understanding the common threads between the styles is the key to making the transition to jazz much easier and quicker. David Becker’s Transitions To Jazz identifies those common threads and shows you how to tweak what you already know into versatile jazz applications, vocabulary and dialects.
We’re majorly proud to welcome GRAMMY-nominated guitarist, composer and producer David Becker to the TrueFire family. David’s been recording, performing and touring the world over for the past 25 years to critical acclaim. He’s shared the stage with the likes of Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Michael Brecker and a host of other giants on the jazz scene. Fortunately for we students of jazz guitar, David is as passionate about education as he is about his music.
David organized Transitions To Jazz into three sections. In the first section, we’ll examine the tritone, triads and various extensions of the dominant seventh chord. We'll explore ways to comp using two, three and four note voicings, and I'll also introduce you to the standard 2-5-1 turnaround for the blues.”
In the second section, David introduces a concept he calls ‘Jazz Dialects.” In the Jazz Dialects section, we'll work on a variety of jazz applications for the pentatonic information you already possess, while also incorporating chromatics and triads as well as rhythmic variations. I’ll show you various approaches for comping and soloing over the standard 2-5-1 jazz progression. We’ll also work on approaches for changing keys.”
Section 2’s Curriculum includes Pentatonics For G7 and C7, Chromatics, Triads For G7 and C7, Chord Tones, The One Note Solo, 2-5 Progressions, 2-5-1 Progressions: Soloing & Comping, Two-Key Progressions: Soloing & Comping, The Cycle Of 4ths: Tritones & Dominant 7’s, Flat 5 Subs & Altered Dominant.
In the third and final section of the course, you’ll apply everything you learned in the first two sections across three Performance Studies.
I'll demonstrate how to develop a solo based on all the concepts from this course. We'll start out with a Jazz Blues in G, followed by a standard 2-5-1 progression which moves through 6 different keys. Lastly, we'll solo over a Bossanova progression in two keys which address both the Minor 2-5-1 and the Major 2-5-1.
David demonstrates the Performance Studies over rhythm tracks and then breaks them down, stepping you through the key concepts, techniques and creative approaches he used to perform the solo.
All of the key demonstrations, performances and examples are tabbed and notated for your practice, reference and study purposes. You’ll also get Guitar Pro files so that you can play, loop and/or slow down the tab and notation as you work through the lessons. Plus, David generously includes all of the rhythm tracks for you to work with on your own.
Grab your guitar and let’s get jazzed with David Becker!
Creative jazz approaches for rock & blues guitar players
Udemy Blues Guitar Lessons Volume 3 Minor Blues Essentials TUTORiAL
Get that biting, mean, minor blues sound today!
An essential study to help take your blues playing to new heights!
This 14-part series of lessons, taught by top UK session guitarist, Bobby Harrison, is the third instalment of our Blues Guitar series. We’ve learned how to solo over both a shuffle groove and a slow blues progression, but now it’s time to turn our attention to minor blues playing.
The focus here is how to solo over minor or minor 7th chords, as opposed to the dominant 7th progressions we’ve grown accustomed to. There are several differences in both mood and note choice, especially since we no longer have the luxury of mixing both the major and minor pentatonic scales; and as for our old friend, the major third, avoid that fella like the plague when soloing over a minor blues progression!
We will learn a mean 36-bar solo, containing countless blues licks that you can incorporate into your own playing, as well as a cool, ZZ Top inspired minor blues rhythm guitar part. Bobby also shows us scale, arpeggio and chord-tone ideas for soloing over a minor blues progression.
Udemy Blues Guitar Lessons Volume 2 Slow Blues Essentials TUTORiAL
Master the expressive, soulful art of slow blues guitar playing.
In this series of lessons, taught by top UK session guitarist, Bobby Harrison, we’re going to be focusing on soloing over a slow blues.
You’ve probably heard this kind of playing if you’re familiar with songs such as "Red House","Texas Flood", "How Blue Can You Get", "Be Careful With A Fool", "The Sky Is Crying”, "Five Long Years”…the list goes on.
Slow blues is an extremely expressive form of blues, since it allows for a lot of freedom in terms of phrasing and dynamics.
Since the blues is an improvisational form of music, it’s harder to teach than some other styles. For generations, blues musicians have picked up licks and soloing ideas from other players, so feel free to use the ideas presented here in your own solos. Eventually, like the generations of blues guitarists before you, you’ll make them your own.
As Bobby mentioned in Blues Guitar Lessons - Volume 1, in order to play blues, you need to be able to hear blues and in order to hear it, you need to listen to a lot of it. The ingredients are pretty straight forward in terms of the scales and chords used, but there’s so much more to this form of music in terms of feel, taste, phrasing and expression.
Again, put together a play list of your favourite blues songs and listen to it as often as you can to really internalise the style.
TrueFire Hands On Guitar: Beyond Beginner TUTORiAL
You already know how to tune a guitar. You already know several open position chords and maybe a couple of moveable barre chord shapes. You know a few strumming or picking patterns, can keep fairly good time, and have a small handful of easy songs under your belt. You can even play a few single note lines and licks. But you just can’t seem to take your playing to the next level…
Welcome to the club! Everyone who has ever picked up the guitar has been exactly where you are. Crossing that bridge between beginner and intermediate player is one of the biggest challenges we face as guitarists. There’s plenty of beginning guitar instruction and plenty of intermediate guitar instruction available, but there’s almost nothing that bridges the gap between them. That’s why Susan Mazer’s Beyond Beginner is your express ticket, over that bridge, to the bountiful and very musical world of intermediate guitar!
Susan has organized the Beyond Beginner course into eight sections, Each section contains a series of lessons focused on an essential skill you’ll need to cross your bridge to go beyond beginner…
"I’m going to help you develop the eight essential skills you’ll need to go beyond beginner. You’ll expand your open chord vocabulary to the 25 chords needed to play thousands of songs. You’ll learn how to use chord substitutions, extensions and embellishments. We’ll work on movable barre chord forms so you can play any of your tunes all over the neck. You’ll learn 30 strumming and picking patterns so that you can choose the perfect groove for any song. I’ll show you how to incorporate bass lines and slash chords in your playing. You’ll learn how to hold your own in any blues jam. You’ll learn how to solo a little and play a few single line fills. And finally, I’ll teach you how to play songs in any key to best match the singer.”
Your first stop on Susan’s bullet train will populate your chord vocabulary with all of the chords that you hear being played in your favorite songs but just haven't found on your fretboard yet. You’ll learn how form the Major 7th, Minor 7th and Dominant 7th chords that are so popular across almost every genre of music.
You second stop introduces you to those cool Sus4, Sus2, Add9 and 6th chords that all of your favorite singer-songwriters use all of the time. You’ll also learn how to use embellishments like hammer-ons and pull-offs while strumming chords to add even more interest to your rhythm playing.
All aboard and onto your third stop where Susan passes on the fretboard magic of moveable barre chords — your gateway to using the entire neck of the guitar for both rhythm playing and soloing. Even if you already play a few moveable barre chords, tune in here for more insight!
Learning 30 new strumming and picking patterns is next: 10 strumming patterns in 4/4 time, 10 strumming patterns in 3/4 time and 10 finger-picking patterns in 4/4 time. You’ll never be at a loss again to come up with an appropriate rhythm guitar part with these 30 patterns at you fingertips.
Next stop, Slash chords and Bass lines. Susan will show you how to incorporate slash chords and bass lines in your playing to create more textures and movement in your rhythm guitar parts.
Grab your electric guitar for the next stop as you learn to play and jam on the blues (although you can use electric or acoustic for any of the lessons and skills being taught in this course). The 12-bar blues is probably the most frequently played progression in contemporary music. Susan will show you a few different ways to play rhythm guitar parts for the 12-bar blues and also give you the tools to play it in any key.
Just two stops to go! On this stop, its time to start playing a little lead guitar. Susan shows you how to solo using movable and sliding major and minor pentatonic scales — the most important scales in popular music. You’ll also learn to add a few riffs to your rhythm playing.
On the last stop across the bridge, Susan ices the cake of your new musicality with a series of lessons focused on identifying keys and tonal centers, and how to approach changing keys to best match the singer’s voice, whether that’s you or the singer in your band.
You’ll play your way through the course, applying all of the skills as soon as you learn them by working with the playalongs and jam tracks that Susan prepared for the course. Susan also includes lots of charts and diagrams, and many of the examples will also be tabbed and notated, plus you’ll also get all of the rhythm tracks to work with on your own.
Grab your guitar and hop aboard, you’re headed way beyond beginner guitar!
SteveStine SoloFire Program
Discover how to create solos and master playing lead guitar. Steve Stine, has taught thousands of guitarists over the last 20 years. He’s currently "Professor of Modern Guitar Studies” at North Dakota State University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Morehead State University. So, he knows how to teach.He toured the U.S. and England, playing lead-guitar in dozens of bands. He’s also been a studio guitarist for radio, TV and various recording projects.
Solofire includes: 6 DVDs + 1 Jam Track CD + downloadable tab book + Bonuses($97 Value)
Discover how to create solos and master playing lead guitar in Blues & Rock, and learn guitar techniques.
What will this course give you:
Discover how to create solos and master playing lead guitar in Blues & Rock
Play all the most important scales including major, minor, pentatonic and blues
Learn all the must-know solo skills
Learn all about Transposition.
Learn the secret to gliding across the strings.
Learn to choose the right picks and strings gauge for your style and tone.
Content Runtime: Approx 4.5 hours
Who it Solofire for?
Let’s start with who it’s not for. It’s definitely not for absolute beginners. So, if you just got your guitar, then this is not for you. It’s also probably not for "beginners” either. Meaning, if you’ve never played a guitar solo and you don’t know any scales or lead-licks, this is probably isn’t for you either. It’s also not for acoustic-only players because the majority of the training is for electric guitar.
Here’s who it is for: the intermediate player who’s already got some chops. Someone who can already play say, the pentatonic scale in first position, or a few licks. The solid rhythm player, who wants to learn lead, from the ground up. For the person who knows there’s a lot more to guitar soloing than just learning some licks. And guitarists who can already solo a little but who get stuck easily, run out of ideas, and don’t really understand how to improvise a great solo from scratch.
Guitar styles taught
The training focuses on lead guitar in blues and rock style. Most of the techniques are for electric guitar. And many concepts could be adapted to acoustic as well. All the training is based on A minor pentatonic. Which makes everything super easy to follow. But, of course, you’ll learn all about transposition and how to play in any key, over any song as well.
DVD 1 is the foundation of everything you’ll learn in Solofire, including how to go deep into the mind of a lead guitarist and how to "think” about the soloing process:
The fundamentals of creating solos out of thin air
How to visualize the fretboard
Why metronome practice is crucial to accurate timing
Essential palm muting techniques
How to deaden strings you don’t want to hear
Lead mathematics: everything you need to know about quarter, eighth notes, and sixteenth notes
Down-picking vs. alternate-picking and how and when to use them
Right and wrong wrist position
How practice effectively, so you can make more progress in less time
DVD 2 highlights
You’ll learn the A minor pentatonic minor scale in all five positions, across the entire fretboard
Discover how each scale pattern is connected so you’ll never get stuck in one place
Why it’s critical to target the root note in your solo
How to move licks across the fretboard
Thel importance of pentatonic position #2 in rock-and-roll history
Practical ways to use music theory
How to "thread” your ideas together to make a complete solo
Speed vs. feeling, and the real purpose of each
The MML process (melody, motion and licks) that makes creating leads from scratch easy
DVD 3 highlights
DVD 3 focuses on melodic technique:
How a simple lick can be the starting point for a great solo
Why the two most critical techniques for lead are bends and vibrato, and how to use them both
You’ll the different types of bends and when to use them all, including:
Half, whole and one-and-a-half bends
Blues bends, ghost bends, vocal bends
As well as repetitive and unison bends
How to glide across the strings
How instantly alter the sound of lick by changing your attack
How to eliminate unwanted noise and feedback
How to stop sore fingers and dead notes
Solo skills taught:
The 2 types of string-slides
As well as how to begin and end your solo with proper phrasing…
DVD 4 highlights
Learn how the masters of rock guitar like Randy Rhoads, Eddie Van Halen, Slash and Angus Young pieced together some of the most incredible solos ever written using tapping tricks most guitarists will never know:
How to tap anywhere in the minor pentatonic scale using your fingers or a pick
How to tap and slide at the same time
DVD 5 highlights
Combining different scales
How to listen to a jam track, analyze and prepare your solo
How to make sure your solo fits the music
When to "follow the chords”
12-bar blues jam with Steve Stine
When you should forget all the "rules” and just feel your solo from the heart
DVD 6 highlights
Combines all the training to help you form complete, musical solos from scratch.
Solofire Jams CD
Solofire Guitar Tab Book (downloadable pdf)
JTC Sam Coulson's Modern Rock Soloing
Sam Coulson is one talented young guitarist. He is one of these modern players that can bring many different faces to his improvising. We have seen him play some stunning Rock Blues in his first two series, and now he is back with some hard hitting Modern Rock Soloing that displays an abundance of great ideas. From the first track to the last Sam shows off some fabulously controlled bending techniques as well as some magical runs that are all well placed to these type of tracks. There is a lot to learn here with the bulk of the solos being of an intermediate level. However, there are quite a few advanced licks that creep into the mix as well....practise makes perfect!
The backing tracks themselves are 'in your face' QOTSA style tracks and have been created by Luke Roberts with nothing but jamming in mind. Instant "pick your guitar up and go" and loads of fun!
As ever, the package comes with complete accurate TAB and notation, solo and backing tracks, extended jam tracks and video performances for you to analyse.
Check out the previews below!