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Improve Your Lead Guitar Playing Skills & Rock Like A Professional

Mar 3, 2008
Join us as we take a deeper look at some tips that can help you to improve your lead guitar playing skills. We will discuss different methods of achieving better speed as well as the benefit of playing along with guitar backing tracks.

When most people take up learning how to play the guitar they usually have one goal in mind, and that is to be a rocking lead guitar player who sets their fans' ears ablaze with their lightning fast solos. A lot of serious guitarists have the talent and dedication to practice and to grow as musicians and often become excellent lead guitar players. Some guitar students may not have the kind of resources available to help them grow in their techniques and to achieve their dreams of being a lead guitarist.

There are a lot of different tips and tricks available out there that can help you improve your lead guitar skills and techniques. One of the most basic tips for improving your skills is to watch how you hold your pick and how you actually pluck your strings. The most important part of my lead guitar sound comes from your fingers, and more specifically from the way in which you hold the plectrumThis. It can have a dramatic impact on how the harmonics on your guitar are played out.

For instance, it's better if you don't have a lot of the pick sticking out from your fingers, but instead have your fingers closer to the edge of the pick. Doing this will help you to bring out the sweet harmonics of the notes you hit, especially on a distorted guitar.

One of the most common aspects of playing lead guitar is learning how to develop a stronger hand so that you can play faster. Playing fast is an important part of being a lead guitarist, but there are a few things you should know before trying to improve your speed. One of the most important lessons to learn is that speed is useless without hitting the right notes. It's better to perfect a scale you're learning slowly, and then work on increasing your speed. Always remember is to pick up and down, not just down like some people just starting out are quite likely to do.

Another great tip and trick that has helped a lot of guitarists master the craft of playing lead guitar is playing along with guitar backing tracks. An individual playing along with guitar backing tracks can greatly improve a variety of different skills and abilities as well as the enjoyment of practicing along with an entire band.

Practicing your lead guitar skills to guitar backing tracks also helps you to improve your speed and your improvisation techniques. Guitar backing tracks provide you with structure and help you to adjust to playing lead in front of another guitar playing rhythm. These guitar backing tracks can also be useful for doing gigs and playing live, which also is a great help to improving your skills.
About the Author
Want over 1000 Guitar Backing Tracks? Visit Planet of Rock to improve your lead guitar playing and jam to professional live bands! Eugene is the founder of Planet of Rock Music Studios. He is a professional guitar teacher and has contributed to publications as Guitar Player and Maximum Guitar. Imagine Playing Like You Have The Entire Band Backing You Up
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