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Ultimate Guitar Solo Mastery: The Foundation

Ryan Rostrom

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12 Lessons (58m)
    • 1. Welcome to Solo Course

    • 2. Play With Ease

    • 3. Using Effects to Instantly Sound Better

    • 4. 3 kinds of guitars

    • 5. The Language of the Guitar

    • 6. Playing Notes Foundations

    • 7. The Ultimate Scale

    • 8. Improv Practice 1

    • 9. Improv Practice 2

    • 10. Improv Practice 3

    • 11. Practice with the Full Pentatonic Scale

    • 12. Using the Pentatonic Scale in Every Key

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About This Class

If you had the freedom to play anything you wanted on the guitar, what would you be playing right now? 

If you’re like most people, you might hesitate to answer this question because you feel like it would be considered unrealistic or you feel like maybe you’re just not the guitar soloing type. 

You’ve got a busy schedule so maybe you don’t have time or maybe you just can’t afford lessons with top quality teachers.  It’s perfectly normal to feel this way, but I’m here to tell you, if you feel the guitar calling out to you and you want to play beautiful solos, then you’ll be able to do it!  And it’s not as hard as you might think. 

My Story:

A few years ago I was just like you.  I didn’t see how I could possibly master the art of playing inspiring guitar solos.  The dream was too big and my idols were too good.  Maybe guitar gods became a phrase because the rest of us mortals simply couldn’t ever learn to play like them. 

I slaved away for years spending most of my practice time noodling around over a few scales never really getting anywhere.  It all seemed so complicated at first but gradually over time, I began to realize that there are only 3 main pillars that make up great guitar solos:

1. Scales

2. Left hand techniques

3. Right hand techniques

After I mastered these 3 pillars, I thrived. 

I’ve been able to play onstage with nearly 100 different singers and groups, I’ve won multiple awards and recognitions including the runner-up prize in a national guitar competition sponsored by Elton John’s guitarist and most importantly, I can plug in and play great guitar solos on-demand

Your Story:

The 3 pillars are not hard to understand.  The problem is that people fail to actually master them.  I know it’s hard to build discipline to practice.  That’s why I made this course.   

In this course I’ll give you access to the exact practices that I used to master the 3 pillars of guitar plus I’ll include a 4th section that shows how build on these pillars to take you from a complete beginner to a master of guitar solos. 

Each lesson is about 5-10mins and will feel as if I literally sat down to practice with you so you won’t have any excuses to get distracted or sidetracked and I’ll answer all your questions as we go through the exercises so you never get stumped.  This will put you in the top 5% of guitarists who actually have a practice schedule so you can improve much quicker than everyone else.   

This course is great for absolute beginners as well as knowledgeable players who just want to get better at playing solos.

"Ryan's course has taught me so much about guitar soloing that I couldn't have learned elsewhere.  I was even able to play a solo from one of my favorite songs!" -Michael Suprise

"Ryan has been able to help me shortcut what would’ve been a long, directionless path otherwise.  Being able to see those tangible results has inspired me forward and made learning the guitar a heck of a lot of fun." -Jorden Barrow

So if you’re ready to take your guitar solos to the next level, sign up for the course right now and you can start to master the guitar TODAY. 


1. Welcome to Solo Course: welcome to the course. This is the very first video, and I just wanted to take a second to explain what will be covering section by section so you'll know what to expect. Moving forward. First of all, all of these exercises will be very hands on. This won't be like a boring sit back and watch somebody talk about stuff. I'll be talking a little bit, but it'll mostly just be an introduction to an actual exercise that you can do with me. And we have this whole thing broken down into four segments. The first segment is where you learn the basics are. We'll start by learning the pentatonic scale, which sounds a little something like this. And then I'll teach you how to use those notes to improvise, to create your own songs, create your own melodies and rhythms, and we'll have some improv training sessions, which should be really fun. The second section will focus mostly on the left hand, so this is building speed with things like licato and doing slides. Section three will focus more on the right hand on. This will be actually building your speed up. We'll be covering something called alternate picking, which is where you just use your right hand on go back and forth on. Don't let this. That would be a lot of fun. You build up your speed very rapidly and I'll be walking through each of these step by step with your so you have specific exercises and then the last section will be more fancy tricks. So this will be a lot of fun. Things like tapping. You'll be learning a few more scales and learning how to continue to progress even after the course is finished. So if you're ready, then go ahead and get started right now. And be sure to comment below if you have any questions throughout the entire course. 2. Play With Ease: I just wanted to make this really quick video for those of you that are still relatively new to playing the guitar. I know this course is a good mix of beginner and intermediate students and maybe even some more advanced ones. And so, for those of you that are just starting out, you might notice that there's a little bit of fingertip pain as you're playing the solo techniques in these practices. I just have a few tricks that will help you pretty significantly and getting rid of that pain. So the first thing is, if you practice in short increments and spread them out, you'll notice there's barely any pain. You can sit down with the guitar at any given time for about five minutes, maybe 10 even if you're just brand new to the guitar and you can play with ease and there won't be any pain. And so I've set up this course so you could do one practice a day. Or if you decide to do two or three, maybe even four or five practices in the day, I would recommend spreading them out. In that way, it won't hurt your fingertips at all. The other thing that helps a lot is if you actually press the string down on the side of the fret. That's closest to the fret. That's defining the sound of the note. So this would be the site of the fret that's actually closest to the body of your guitar, and that just makes it easier. So you don't have to press down quite a hard. And my final tip is using something called Eric Clapton's Secret Lick, sir. And this is simply where you put a solution on the edge of your fingertips and it dries out your fingertips. And the reason is, when you're playing the guitar, you wanna have a moist hand. Obviously, issue can get smooth movements up and down the neck, and so moisturizers and lotions are really great on all of your hand. Except for your fingertips. You want to be dried down so it can really grip down and bite the notes that you're trying to play so you can put on Clapton Secret Elixir, which is drum roll, please. Apple cider vinegar? Yep, just regular apple cider vinegar. Get it over the counter in your local grocery store, rub it on your finger tips. You can use a cotton swab or just go straight on and it'll dry out your fingertips pretty good and make it easier to play. 3. Using Effects to Instantly Sound Better: So the next thing I want to look at is using effects to sound like a better guitar player. And this is something that you can do and have instant effects by simply plugging into the right thing. And so the three main effects that I talk about in the course of the chapter, our number one reverb and this is sort of like the sound that you get when you stand in the center of a basketball arena and bounce. A basketball has this sound that kind of travels around the stadium, and it creates a natural river. The second kind of effect that I recommend for beginners is called DeLay, and this is where you get a distinct echo, and it gives it a really cool effect where it kind of smooths out your plane. So if you make a few mistakes, it just kind of blends into the mix and sounds really nice. On the final effect that I talk about in a lot of detail, actually is distortion or drive or tube drive or gain. There's a lot of words for it, but what it does is it distorts your sound to make it sound more fuzzy and crackly, and this can actually make it easier to play because you don't have to be is good. You can play pretty close to the right note, and it's sort of fills in the extra sound and just makes it sound smooth. 4. 3 kinds of guitars: What kind of guitar should you play? This might seem like a minor detail. You might expect that anyone that's good at the guitar could pick up any kind of guitar at any moment, and it would sound incredible. And unfortunately, this just isn't the case. As long as I've been playing for I'll still have gigs where I show up and the house guitar is just terrible, covered in dust, old dead strings and just a really bad set up. And in those kinds of situations, I do the best that I can, and the audience might not notice a huge difference. But I definitely feel like it's a lot more of a struggle just to play even the easy courts . And so I want to take a look out what kinds of things you should look for in the guitar that you play. There's three kinds of guitars, and this is kind of ah, basic topic that something you might be familiar with, some might not, and so I'm gonna cover it really quickly. So the three kinds of guitars, as you can see on the pictures on the right, on the top, we have a steel string acoustic, and this is by far the most common type of guitar that I've seen. When I end up not being able to bring my guitar because I'm on the road for an acoustic show, this is almost always what the house guitar is, and unfortunately, this is also the most difficult kind of guitar to play. So if you have a steel string acoustic, I would highly recommend running to your local music store Whatever it happens to be and try toe, play a few other kinds of guitars and see if you can find some that might be easier to play . But these were great just cause they're really common on. They sound really nice for strumming. You get a nice punch to it, and it sounds really great with the pick. This second kind of guitar is the nylon string, and these air also acoustic and so you don't need to plug into anything. Um, if you needed to be louder, you just put a mic straight up to the sound hole right in the center of it, and that should sound great. Um, these air actually extremely easy to play because they're not sharp. Eso it feels a lot different than the steel string just because they're bigger rounder nylon strings that don't point into your fingers quite as much. So you barely even need callouses to play. These, um, these aren't quite as great for strumming their usually played, um, with finger picking for classical music, So check it out. If you've never played on before, you might like the feel of it. I've brought mine along to a few lessons with some beginners, and they'll notice that there's chords. They just can't to play on their guitar like bar chords specifically, and I'll hand them my nylon string and they'll be playing it within minutes. And so it's a great confidence booster, even if you could just play it for a little bit. And my favorite kind of guitar is the final one, which is the electric guitar. And this is by far the most diverse, Um, unique. Ah, I would say it's the type of guitar that has the most expression in it, and as you can see here, there's a really weird looking one doesn't even have ah, head stock. It looks like it folds behind the back, and I don't have anything that's quite that extreme. But I do have a lot of fun with my electric guitars. These air great because you can run them through all kinds of amplifiers and effects to get really, really cool sounds. And the other thing with electric guitars is they're actually fairly easy to play. They are sharp feeling because their steel similar to the steel strings, but they're much softer steel. They're much more loose. They're easy to bend. They're easy to press down on. And so I would definitely say it's easier to play than an average starter Steel string acoustic. So if you haven't tried those before, be sure to check him out. Having the right guitar will save you a lot of pain. 5. The Language of the Guitar: Hey, guys, And welcome to this lesson. This is pretty much the only lesson of the whole course. The rest are super hands on. Learning will be having a lot of fun with the guitar throughout this entire course. But if you can't understand what I'm talking about, that it simply won't be that effective. We have to be able to name each of these notes, as I'm sure you noticed. There's a whole bunch of frets on the guitar, and each of them has a specific individual unique name. And so you've got six strings, and then on top of that, you have these fresh you've got probably somewhere between 12 and 24 frets. Each guitar is built differently for this course. It's super simple, I gotta understand. Is this one acronym that most guitarists will have memorized? Which is Eddie eight Dynamite, good by any. And if you took my other course, you've already talked about this. You've already learned that you've already memorized it Super easy. But essentially the low e string is that first meeting. That's Eddie, and then you have a straight so eight and then D string dynamite and then G for good and then be stream for by the last one is so Eddie ain't Dina Mind good. My So that's all you have to Noah's faras The streams go. It's pretty straightforward. And then the other thing that you have to understand is that they're spreads going all the way up. And so those air simple. It's just a number system. So you start on 00 meaning open. You'll see. I'm not actually holding down anything. So the nut of your guitar actually access zero fret. And then right here you got one friend and then the two friend 34 five, 67 11 12. You'll notice the octu has the double dots. So throughout the course, I'll be throwing out terms like, Okay, we're on the D string on the 14th fret and so you would just think, OK, you know, Eddie hate dynamite. So there's the D string right there, straight on. And then I said the 14th Press, you could literally count. 123456789 10 11 12 13 14. So that's note. I want you to play as you get more and more familiar with where these threats are you'll know that the double dips 12 you go OK, 14 is just a little bit about that. So you're on the D string. That's your 12 13 14. So as we go through this course, it might sound really confusing. In the beginning, I'll be like, OK, we're on the B string of 12. Fret so we'll be like and I could do that like it's second nature, but that's just because I've been playing for a while. But by the end of this course, it will be very, very easy for you. So don't worry about it too much at this point. That's about it. For this video, you should feel very comfortable as I communicated throughout the rest of this course, and the rest of this will be much for hands on learning. Grab your guitar, shred with me type of videos. That's it, and I'll see you in the next video whenever you decide to do it. 6. Playing Notes Foundations: Hey, guys. And welcome to this video on playing notes. This might seem very basic to some of you, but I encourage you to stick it out because you might learn something new. And this is literally the foundation for everything that we do. Obviously, later on, we're gonna get to some crazier stuff like this. But the foundation of literally everything that you'll ever play is just a single note, and then you'll play another single note on so on so forth. So getting a really solid foundation of playing these notes the right way, with both your left hand and right hand is absolutely essential to becoming a killer guitarist. So first of all, we're gonna actually look at the right hand. There's one with the pick and we're gonna talk just for a second about different kinds of picks. So I prefer these fender ones. This is a medium. My favorite color is the white one that feels exactly the same as this purple one. And so it really doesn't make a huge difference what it looks like. But some of you have probably learned on a floppy like pig, and that's because it's easier to just strum stuff, and a lot of people start off just strumming, and some people end up with heavier pink just because that's what they kind of fall into. But for those of you that are just starting out that don't know what you want to do, I would recommend a medium. I still use this for the most advanced things I play, and I'm not the most crazy technical player in the world. But this medium really does it. There's a lot of versatility in it because it has sort of, you know, it's it's flexible enough that you kind of get a good feel for the strings, but it's firm enough that you can still play you like alternate picking and stuff like that without too much catch. So that's why I like the mediums. If you've already found that you like a different kind of pick, that's totally fine. You could definitely coast with that. So that being said chances are known has actually ever told you how to hold the pick. So I like to hold it right here. So my fingers covering most of the logo up there and then on the back side, it just looks like this. I'm just holding it. It's really about comfort. It's not like there's a specific technique. Some people hold it closer. That's all right. It does limit some of your playing just because there's not as much room for it to move around, which can be problematic later on. And the other thing that's really important that most people don't talk about something called pick slanting so you can basically angle your pick straight at your guitar like this . And that's sort of the natural thing to do, and you can go up in town. And it's the same if you're strumming or if you're just picking individual notes and that works fine, especially at a beginner's level. But as you start to develop speed, you'll find that there's a lot of limitations to it simply because as you play that way, you have to move the entire pick around. But as you start to develop more and more feel, most good players will actually slapped the pick you this way toward the bridge of the guitar toward the bottom of it, or they'll end up tilting that way toward the neck of the guitar. And for those you that don't know This is the bridge of the guitar right here. If you look at it closely, you'll notice that kind of looks like a bridge, which is where it gets its name from. And this is the neck of the guitar the guitarist sort of like in giraffe. It's got the little head up here and a super long neck, and then you got the body. And obviously the body comes in all kinds of different shapes and sizes, especially for electrics. You've got, like, flying V's. You've got X shapes. You got more rounder ones like the Les Paul look, You got the ones with the horns of the kind of the fender. Look on, then you got this one and just a whole bunch other ones so that the shape of the body doesn't matter whole lots more of a stylistic thing. But they all have these key features. Got the head like the head stock up here, the neck and the body. And then So this is the bridge side, and this is the next side. So as you're tilting your pick, so you can either tilt it this way toward the that would be the bridge. Were you consulted that way toward the neck, and I'm personally a bridge guy. I always hold it a little bit this way, and as you start to play that way, you'll notice it's just easier to play faster. They'll develop speed a lot faster. You'll develop, feel a lot faster, and you'll get more of a unique, you kind of sound. So you don't sound just like a robot that got plugged in, and it's hitting each note kind of the same way and getting caught up on the fast stuff. So for an exercise for this one, I'll have you first hold it straight down. So it's going straight at the guitar like this and just try playing both ways on each street. So there's your low e string. Remember Eddie Dynamite? Goodbye Eddie, and then a then the stream stream in Eastern. And now I want you to tilt it my way, so tilted toward the bridge, going that way and let's do the exact same thing and just pay attention to how it feels. There's a so I just feels the most comfortable to me. But again, it's down to personal preference. So next. Let's try tilting it that way, and you can exaggerate a little bit. Eventually, you'll kind of end up a little bit in the middle of going, you know, to extreme and then not extreme enough and so forth. And you do want to hit it right on the pointy part of the pig if you can. So here we go, pointing it that way. Notice the feel of it up to the industry, Do you street? And then, finally, that ustream, and you'll notice it does feel a little bit different when you're actually strumming entire records. But one thing you'll develop is you learn to solo is an accuracy toe on Lee hit the exact note that you want to hit or that you need to hit. That comes with time. You'll you'll be pro by the end of this course guaranteed. So don't worry about it if it's still a little bit hard at this point. But that's about it for our notes practice, and as we get into later lessons, you'll do a lot more with left hand as well. But having a good pick posture is really the foundation of the whole thing. So that's it, and I will see you in the next video 7. The Ultimate Scale: Hey guys. And welcome to the very first practice of this guitar course. This is probably the most difficult of the whole thing, so tried not to get too overwhelmed, will come back to this and will refresh it over and over again throughout the course. But today we'll be looking at the pentatonic scale. This is essentially the rock scale or the pop scale. It's very simple. It's actually derived from taking all of the different scales that are used by all the different cultures of the world and finding which notes are used in every different culture in every different style. And so instead of having 12 notes to work with or however many notes work with, they narrowed it down to just five simple notes. And so that creates the pentatonic scale Penta meaning five. And this is what it sounds like. So there you got your 12345 and then back to the beginning. That last note is one octave above the first notes. First, no last known, knocked up higher, so they're once again you've got 1234512345 one and I'm going to teach you how to play and how to apply it throughout this course. So first of all, it's to make it simple. You're actually just hitting all of the's strings going up the 12th fret So if you could see that you've got you string 12 fret a string 12 fret d string 12 fret g stream tall fret B string 12th fret And then your high Eastern ultimate is that 12 fret And so every other note is just going right up that 12 threat. So that makes the pentatonic scale really easy. Some people call it like the box shape because you kind of have this box that you make on DSO. Let me teach you the other notes that fill in in between and then we'll do some practices with it. So we're jumping back down to that low e stream, find that 12 friend, and from there you go up three. So you go from the 12th fret to the 15 threat right here, and then you go to the 12 front of the A stream. Go ahead and find that and then you go to the 14th Fred of the A stream. So from the top again. You got 12. 15 12 14 And then you go up to the next one. So we're on the D string. Now, go ahead and find that 12 fret. And then you go to the 14th fret of the D stream and then up to the G stream 12 fret and then g string, uh, 14 threat. So from top, you've got ones you got 12 15 12 14 12 14 14. And then the last two are also on the 15th threat. Like this. 12 15 12 15. So the whole thing from the top, you've got Eastern 12 15. And then the next three goto 14. So 12 14 12 14 12 14 and walk it down with me. So let's start on that 15 of the eastern 1 14 12 15 and you can also think of it is like 03 0202 to 3. Zone is if you played it down here, my doctor lower. You have the open France's euro three to e. I prefer to teach it up here because it's easier to move around when you start cleaning different keys. So a czar practice for this particular lesson? I just want to walk up and down the scale a few times. This will be very easy, and we'll start off future videos by reviewing this to make sure that it's drilled into your head, because this scale is essentially like the colors that you can use the pain with. If you were a painter, it's like the tools that almost every rock song almost every pop song falls back into just these five chords. I'd say probably 80% of my plane is just using these five notes moved up and down the neck and different octaves, so let's jump back into it. Eso first will be back on that low Eastern right here on the 12th. Fret to go ahead and find that, and they go up to 15 and then up to the extreme 12 again. 14 D string 12 14 g string 12 14 B String 12 15 for last year. 15 12 15 and let's walk back down. So let's start on that. 15 2 12 15 12 14 12 14 12 Extreme 14 12 of the last ones of 15 is one thing that might help you remember is realizing that thes strings are on the same note. That's an E, and that's it. They're just a few octaves apart. So all of the shapes that you play on this lowest Eastern are gonna be the exact same shapes that you can play on the high ustream and it'll still sound good together. So let's run up and down it once more and trying to build up some speed. Here we go on that low Eastern, go ahead and find 12 to 15 12 15 12 15 12 Teoh, 12 15 and walking back down. We got 15 12 15 12 14 12 14 12 14 12 14 12 and one last time. We're going to start on that bottom low. E 12 15 12 14 14 12 14. Keep up if you can. If not, don't worry about it. This will be super easy. By the end of this course 15 12. I think that's it for this lesson. Let's keep cruising on to the next one 8. Improv Practice 1: Hey guys. And welcome to the first video on improv. I think this is one of the most important lessons of this entire course, because every song I've ever heard basically came out of somebody's imagination and by improvising you'll learn how to get better at making up cool, creative sounds. And this will be the foundation of every guitar so that you have a right, because you have to make it up from somewhere. And so this 1st 1 will be quite simple. We'll just be improvising from one note and improv if you're not familiar with it, is where you just make it up where you're just winging it as you go. And this also helps to develop your feel. You can get really good to get into the groove and just feeling it out and created a lot of emotion with your solos. So for this one will be up here on the High Eastern on the 12 fresh, and so we're gonna improvise with just this one single note. So it's really simple. You've got to learn to group with the music while still playing. So all play just for a second. You kind of see how it goes. I've got this backing track going that you can groove to and just use this one note to improvise. So here we go with take Worth. Okay, that's it for my improv. Really simple. So go ahead. Keep the B Cohen and try to improvise with your own thing while just using this one note. Go ahead. I know it's really simple, but just try to close your eyes. If it helps, just get into the groove. Tap your foot to that beat. Whatever it takes to get into it. Looks like there's about a minute left. So I played some stuff a little bit softer. Now we're told it down. Try some of that pig slanting, maybe try pushing it that way. You're not comfortable with it. Pushing it straight down, push it toward the bridge like I do. Okay. And that's the end of it improv. I know this was really simple, but I'm telling you, this is gonna be one of the funnest, most satisfying things about playing the guitar as you learn how to improvise, how to groove with it and how to use these notes in the right context to convey different kinds of emotions. So good job on finishing this and I'll see you in the next video 9. Improv Practice 2: Hey and welcome Teoh Improv Practice number two. This will be a little bit more advanced in that will be adding a second note to our improv , so it's still pretty straightforward. But first of all, let's start off with a quick review of the pentatonic scale. That's kind of what this whole thing is based on. So let's jump right here. We're on the 12 friend of the Low Eastern and then going up to the 15th fret that low you strength the 12 fret and a stream. And then remember, you got three in a row. They 12 14 14 14 14 and in the top two hit the 15 again like this. So start for the bottom. She got 12 15 14 13 Thio going back down. You got 15 12 1 more time. Up, down. All right, that's it for our review. So let's jump into improv. So for improbably using the top two notes of the pentatonic scales, you've gotta eat right here on the 12th fret of the Eastern and G, which is the 15th fret of that same street. And I've got a cool group going, and so first I'll do a little bit of impromptu, show you how to do it, and then I'll pass it over to you so you could jam out. It is our view for today this using that 12. So that's kind of the one note. Improper. That's a 15 fresh, just two notes. Really easy. That's it for my heart to go ahead, take it away, trying to get into the groove and just use those two notes to make it as interesting and cool as you possibly can. - All right, that's it for this lesson. Thanks for watching, and I'll see you in the next one. 10. Improv Practice 3: Hey, and welcome to practice three of the pentatonic scale. So for this one will just be starting off with the quick review of the scale once again, and then we'll jump into some improv like we've done in the previous ones. First of all, here I'm using a fender Squire on this, about the cheapest guitar that you can get that's regularly manufactured played. So I just want to show you that you don't need anything too fancy These things you can go get a real cheap. They still sound pretty good. Especially if you run some good effects through it. And you get really good at building your feel on your fingertips and you're picking and so forth eso. Anyway, let's jump right here on the Eastern. Now we're gonna jump to 12 friends like we've been doing. Actually, I forgot to check if this was in tune, so this might be interesting And we will start here on the 12th and the 15th the 12 14 14 14 50 Not quite in tune, but it's not terrible with one more time. Try to add a little bit of speed this time. 12 15 3 We're back down perfect. So step into some improv. I've got a fun beat for this one, and I'll do a little bit of an example that will pass it over to you. This is the beep. And by the way, these notes that you're playing, they work over any court progression as long as it's in key. And it works over any style is well, so it doesn't have to be Brock or operating. You could be kind of electronic, or you could make it a little jazzy. And these five notes will still sound really? So for this one, we're just going to use the 12th fret High Eastern. So this note and then the 15th fret the one below it in the 12. Go on blow, Teoh. Those are both on ustream t go out and find those. I'll give you a quick example. Make it sound That'll pass it over you. Uh, that way there's no wrong answer. No right. Answer either Songs that sounds good to you matters. Okay, that's all I'm gonna do. So let's pass it over you for some improv and have fun with it. - Uh uh, No. All right. And that's it for this improv session. I hope it was helpful. I hope you're developing your field and starting to put a little bit of emotion into these three simple notes. So I will see you in the next video, and I just keep practicing until then. 11. Practice with the Full Pentatonic Scale: Hey, and welcome to this lesson where we're going to use the entire pentatonic scale to do some improv. This one should be a lot of fun. And you should be pretty well prepared by now understanding the basics, improv and so forth. So we're first of all just going to jump into the same key that we've been using up to this point. So you're gonna start on that low Eastern, but you'll be right here on the 12th fret, go ahead and find. And then we're gonna go from there 12 to 15 friend, a stream 12 friend, 40 friend. Well, 14 52 and then walking back down t 0 12 15 Let's go up down one more times for good measure thing. Yeah, I think it might be a little out of tune. I've been jumping between my guitars just so you can kind of see a little bit about him. This is the Les Paul look and I love the gold on it. This is a little bit more of a thick power type of guitar. Got these custom antiquity hum bunkers inside of it. Hum bunkers are great for like a big, warm kind of a sound as opposed to like a punchy, fender type of sound. That's a little trivia on the guitar for you on. That s so if you don't have one of these, definitely check one out at the local guitar store and see if you like it, and it could be worth looking into for sure. In any case, let's jump into. I've got a great beat for this one and it goes like this. So for this one, use all of the notes of the pentatonic scale. E way. Remember, there's no right or wrong answer. Just trying to get a feel for it. E doesn't have to be fancy either. We'll get to that stuff later. For sure. E made this backing track to kind of be like, comfortable enough. That's my personal favorite, Salo. All time, really simple, really powerful. A lot of space between the notes, a lot of breathing room, so that's pretty much good for me. So I'm gonna pass it over to use you can improv using the entire pentatonic scale and just trying to have fun with it and trying to make that guitar scene. Okay. - All right. Welcome back. I hope that was a Superfund improv for you. I wish I could see it in person to give you some individual feedback. They have any questions? Just reach out to me and I'll try to respond as quicksight can. So that's about it for the pentatonic scale. And so from here will start moving into more and more advanced up that will build upon the scale. So good job on reaching this far already, and I'll see you in the next video. 12. Using the Pentatonic Scale in Every Key: Hey, and welcome to this lesson on moving the pentatonic scale up and down the neck. So this is taking that same exact scale and moving it into different keys, and so we'll have a practice that goes along with it. So grab your guitar and let's get cruising. So first of all the pentatonic scale we've learned that we've been using is called E minor pentatonic, or G major pentatonic. They're actually the same notes, so it doesn't exactly matter which one you end up calling it, because it is the same notes. And by the way, if you took the entire six court method, of course, which is kind of the foundation of rhythm plane, I've got that full length courses a lot longer, a lot more in depth. It's like seven hours of content or something like that. It's more like a master class style, but then, in cases that one's based around using G major or minor. So this this entire course actually blends really well with that stuff. If you've already learned it. So anyway, we start here on the 12th fret and you'll remember we've got the 12th fret of each string, so there's your A t G. And then every other note is somewhere else. You got, like, 12 15 12 14 12 14 12 14 12 15 12. So go ahead, grab your guitar and play it with me. So we're starting on that 12. 15 a string. 12 14 12 14 12 14. And in the last two or 15 and then working back down you started at 15 12 15 12 14 12 14 12 14 12. Lowest Eastern right there. So you can actually take this exact same shape which you haven't memorized and move it. So, for example, if we're in the key of a minor, you can use that same thing. But instead of having your 12 foundation, we're hitting all those 12 You like to be on the five. You'll be hitting all these fives here and then every other notes out here, so it sounds really similar, but it's just lowers, like you took each note at the same ratio and moved it down. And this would sound really good with songs that are in C major or a minor. So let's go ahead and practice with this one. So if you could find that fifth fret on your guitar and we're gonna start with this low Eastern. Let's go ahead and find that fifth fret Low Eastern right way. Jump up to that A threat. Yes, You go from the fifth to a friend and then you go to the a string friend. Seven friends and these are nice guys. Got the dot going up to that D string 12 straight, 14 to next 12 fret 14 in the last two or 15 and then let's walk it back down as well. So start on that eighth fret of the high Eastern, and you could hit it with whatever fingers comfortable. Doesn't matter at this point. A threat down. 12. Eat fresh. 12 friends, seven friends, seven down that low e string names, too. Very last one writhe threat of low e string. So let's do it one more time and try to add a little more speed toe. Hopefully, this is starting to get comfortable as I'm walking up and down these scales and remembering how hard it was actually start learning the guitar. That's the whole I mean, that's the hardest thing of the whole process. Is just getting started memorizing this stuff, and once you have it down against a lot funner, so bear with me. I know it's rough. I've been there before, but I promise against a lot better. Let's jump back down to this a threat of the high Eastern walking down. And now I want to go all the way up the neck and hit every single key on the guitar really quickly. And by the end of this, you should be very comfortable with this pentatonic scale. So we're going to start on this, the first fret. So we're going to do the one. This will be actually in F minor, where you hidin A with ones. And by the way, this is possibly the hardest one. Just because you don't get any of the open strings when you play, start playing up and down the neck. And on top of that, it's just harder to hit these lower frets because the kind of wider and just like part of a hit like it's a lot easier to play something up here versus like a bunch of those things down there. But you know that aside, this is great practice, and you'll probably end up in this key at some point in your life. So it's worth learning. So we'll start in that first friend of Low Eastern and then up to the fourth of that Low Eastern that first round the Eastern Third Friend history and the 3rd 1 for the next distance. And then we're up to the hype, be streamed. And then the last two, we're gonna number 41414 So I'll just name the memories as we go down. Start on the fork one e and then down for one. Moving down 313 What? Moving down? 31 Moving down three, one. Perfect. And now we're gonna move up and do the exact same thing. But technologies second friends. So you're gonna start right here? Second friend, friend to four Teoh, 4 to 4 to 5 to 5. Try to keep up if you can't moving down 5 to 5, two for two for two for two. By the way, as you get really good at this, you can even throw it into songs and actually sounds kind of cool, just walking straight up and down. So it's not the most creative riff of all time, but as you get good at it would be kind of on the throat and when needed, so next will be on the third friend. 3635 Way. Six, 36 Moving back down. 6363 for 74646464747 and then moving down. 747 47626466464 and 74 Moved up to the five. This is a limited. Before this was called a miter and you started the fifth 58575757555557 Okay, hopefully, this is getting more and more comfortable. Your building more and more speed with me here. So next will be on the sixth fret. And it looks like this. 69686868696 nine and walk it down. I'm going to stop talking so we can just try to hear how it sounds. Moving up to the Seventh Friends. You got your 7 10 7979 no. 10. Walking down on the same thing. 10 7 Well , tonight. 9 12 9 10 12 12 11. Night 12. By the way, there might be a little extra street noise, totally normal. Seriously, At the beginning, just try to accurately hit only one street at a time without right hand, with big moving up to 11. You can also try to add mute some of that extra cells by using your left hand using your thumb or your Paul. You won't have so much extra string noise if you're on a clean sending. So, like me, not electric, you might have just kind of like when your finger accidentally get something like you know , you're not actually playing. It just makes a lot of extra noise, and you can actually fix that by going to a cleaner setting S. So this is a totally clean setting and you'll this notice there's way less extra sound to it, you know? But you could still make it loud when you need to, but you get rid of all that scratch from stuff. So for this last one, I'll have it on the clean setting. And this will be the 12 frat, which is right where we started. 12 15 12 14 14 14 15 15 12 12 14. So that is all of the scales on the guitar using the exact same pentatonic shape to play it . So this might have seen a little tedious. But as you get to master this stuff, you can literally solo in any key that you want to play. So it's super powerful, super worth learning. So a good job on making it this far, and I will see you soon in the next video.