How To Easily Make Your Lead Guitar Playing More Memorable & Expressive

by Tom Hess

Did you ever notice how two guitarists can use the exact same scales, arpeggios or licks but produce entirely different results?

For example:

  • Guitarist A shreds mindlessly through a minor pentatonic scale, barely stopping to create any sense of melody (but playing fast throughout). This ends up sounding like a big mess or a bunch of scale exercises.
  • Guitarist B shreds through the same scale, but also creates phrases that make you stop and sing the melody, while everything sounds like a cohesive piece of music.

What happened here?!


The very best lead guitar solos are generally created on a groundwork of well-developed guitar phrasing. Guitarist B understands this, while guitarist A doesn't.

What is guitar phrasing?

This refers to how you play notes versus only paying attention to which notes you choose to create your licks.

Solos with poor phrasing sound more like pre-constructed licks sewn together rather than genuine music.

You start playing awesome guitar solos that leave a long-lasting impression on anyone who hears you when you make them memorable & singable.

Keep in mind that you don't have to sacrifice speed to make your solos sound like this.

So, how is this done?

Watch this video to find out:

Now you understand the foundation needed to play creative and expressive lead guitar solos and how it’s actually not that hard to practice.

Good news is, this is just the beginning to playing killer lead guitar licks! There is a lot of interesting new information to learn.

Learn how to use the concept of “making your guitar sing” to give your notes more life by checking out this article about lead guitar sustain.

Tom HessAbout Tom Hess: Tom Hess is a guitar teacher, music career mentor and guitar teacher trainer. He teaches rock guitar lessons online to students from all over the world and conducts instructional live guitar training events attended by musicians from over 50 countries.

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