When learning to play rock on the guitar, it’s natural to long to play quick, flashy solos like the legends. One truly efficacious way to gain this skill is by learning “pattern licks.” When you study patterns that mesh with the chord tone techniques and scales you’ve already learned, you’ll be able to fire off these flamin’ hot rock guitar solos in no time.
In Angus Clark’s course, Take 5: Rock Pattern Soloing, he fast-tracks you to picking up pattern licks so you can start shredding solos faster.
Here are 3 rock pattern soloing guitar lessons from the course. For the full course, check out Angus Clark’s Take 5: Rock Pattern Soloing on TrueFire!
Level 5 Rock Pattern Soloing: Overview
This is a triplet feel in D minor where we are primarily going to look at some diatonic and arpeggioated patterns.
Level 5 Rock Pattern Soloing: Performance
Lick 1: Here’s that Paul Gilbert pattern again, just played as triplets. You may have noticed this is a recurring theme in this course, how the same sequence takes on a different character when played in triplets as a opposed to a duple subdivision.
Lick 2: Single string sequence. This hammer-pull-slide type lick is something I find endlessly useful, very expressive and melodic sounding.
Lick 3: This is an arpeggiated section using three string arpeggio shapes with 2 notes on the top string.
Level 5 Rock Pattern Soloing: Breakdown
Here I cover the Paul Gilbert pattern, and I even reference the fact that it was used elsewhere in the course – I should go tell the guy that did the breakdown for the Level 4 study!
Note: I say something like “that’s fine if you’re in an indie band, but this is hard rock” with what might be perceived as disdain for “indie bands”. Sorry for that. Mostly because there’s no such thing as a genre for “indie bands”, its an antiquated reference that gives away the fact that I’m 50+ years old. Also, because there are great guitar players in all genres and they could all make some tasty use out of these awesome pattern licks.
Digging these free rock pattern soloing guitar lessons? Check out Angus Clark’s Take 5: Rock Pattern Soloing.