Video: Learn How To Play Cool Guitar Licks Using The Tritone Interval

Want to play guitar licks that sound more creative, expressive and badass?

The solution:

Use the tritone interval with solid guitar phrasing.

Good news is, you don't need to know any music theory to do this, and it's super-fun to learn about.

Learn how to play killer guitar licks using the tritone by watching this video:

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Now that you've learned cool ways to play guitar licks using the tritone, here are a few more tips to help you improve your lead guitar skills:

Lead Guitar Tip #1: Squeeze More Emotion Out Of Each Note

Playing a lot of notes instead of playing great notes.

If you struggle with playing great guitar licks and solos, try this:

Focus a lot more on adding ornamentations to the pitches you are playing instead of trying to play more notes.

How you play the notes is a lot more important than what notes you are playing.

So challenge yourself to play very short 2-4 note phrases and try to make them sound as amazing as you possibly can (yes, you really can play truly amazing two note phrases with tons of variation on them that are not at all hard).

Work on creating short phrases every day and make lots of variations on each phrase without changing the notes.

Make a list of all the ornamental techniques you can think of and randomly select them to ornament your phrase (there is no right or wrong way to do this).

After doing that with individual phrases in isolation, improvise an entire solo working to integrate these ornamental techniques more naturally into the context of the solo.

Lead Guitar Tip #2: Work With A Guitar Teacher

Learning to play lead gutar can be very frustratring sometimes.

Whether you are having a hard time playing fast, playing specific licks or solos or making your own solos sound more creative...

...a guitar teacher massively speeds up the process for getting to where you want to be as a guitar player.

Taking guitar lessons with a great teacher helps you see weaknessess in your lead guitar technique you never knew existed while giving you new insights to make getting better fun and easy.

I am proud to have helped many guitarists around the world do this. Here are just a few of my top students who can vouch for this process:



Lead Guitar Tip #3: How To Improve Your Guitar Soloing Quality Over Longer Solos

While playing a long improvisation, you need to work very hard to prevent your solo from losing the listener’s interest.

Here are a few simple ways (of many) to do this:

  • Make more use of vibrato in appropriate spots and work to develop killer vibrato a little every day

    Practice this technique freely and while playing to a metronome. Perform the initial bend of the string on beat 1 and return to the original pitch of the bend on beat 2. Repeat this for several minutes to really lock-in your technique.
  • Constantly try to add variety to the phrases you are playing to make them different from the others (make this your goal as a practice approach)
  • Master fretboard visualization to make soloing across the neck feel easy
  • Pay attention to which chord you are soloing over and solo with intensity to match it. For example: play faster over the V in the key and more relaxed in the i/I)
  • Insert some spaces between the lead guitar lines. This gives you more time to think ahead.

Lead Guitar Tip #4: Squeeze More Expression From Notes In Your Guitar Solos

Too many guitar players waste notes while soloing because they just play scale/arpeggio patterns until something sounds good.

Try this instead:

Pick a very short 1-3 note phrase and think of at least 20 different variations to play it.

When you have played your variations for one phrase, think of another small phrase and do the same thing (make a lot more variations).

Do this with or without a backing track.

(Both approaches improve your playing subtle, different ways. Remember to try both in order to keep your guitar playing skills balanced.)

This helps you learn how to be more expressive in your phrasing, plus gives you a lot more creative options to choose from as far as how to play the specific notes of your solos.

This really opens up the door for creative playing and helps you make your fast guitar speed more musical over time!

Lead Guitar Tip #5: How Easily To Increase Your Guitar Speed To Play Faster

To push your guitar speed to a new level take a very small segment of any scale sequence, arpeggio, or exercise and practice it at a much higher tempo than you can play the full sequence at.

For example, if you are playing this sequence at 100 bpm, practice these small fragments at 110-120 bpm.

This will get both your hands and your mind to get used to faster speeds but still keep it easy for you to play (since you are only going to be playing a few notes at a time).

Then gradually extend the fragment until you are playing the full guitar phrase at that higher tempo.

Of course, when doing this don’t allow your 2-hand sync to get sloppy at the higher tempos. Fix this by double picking the notes at a slower tempo.

Use this approach to line your hands back up:

Practice by taking any scale sequence you are practicing and play it by picking each note 2 times ("double picking").

So if you play an A minor scale for example, instead of playing it as A B C D E F G, you will pick twice each note like this: AA BB CC DD EE FF GG.

This challenges your hands’ ability to stay in sync and will make it much easier to keep the 2 hand synchronization tight when you go back to normal playing.

Now you know some cool licks to improve your guitar playing. Your next step? Learn how to improve all areas of your playing. How? By taking electric guitar correspondence lessons.

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