We, as guitar players, are constantly striving to express ourselves more creatively and more fluently. And, when we work on improving our soloing skills, oftentimes it’s so that we’re able to improvise more memorable and compelling solos.
In his course, Electric Synergy, Joe Robinson delves into important fundamental concepts, techniques, and tools of expression that will substantially improve your creativity when improvising electric guitar solos.
Here are six free video guitar lessons from the course. For the full course, check out Joe Robinson’s Electric Synergy on TrueFire!
Electric Guitar Lesson – Flat Picking Solos: Concept 2 Demo
Flat picking on a Telecaster – doesn’t get better than this. Basically, I mostly do up and down alternate picking with the right hand. It’s a wonderful technique for playing solos in a country style. A great exercise for developing this technique is just going up and down a chromatic scale in order to build up your right-hand speed. Try accenting the first note on every string. Practice with a metronome and start speeding it up as you develop it.
Stay relaxed, and once you’ve got it up to speed let’s move on to the next lesson where we’ll apply it to a performance study in the next lesson.
Electric Guitar Lesson – Nevada Train: Flat Picking Performance
Let’s check out some flat-picking over “Nevada Train”. See how flat-picking adds in that necessary country feel into the tune. When you’re ready, move on to the breakdown where I’ll show you some of the nuances of using this technique over the performance study. Let’s get it going!
Electric Guitar Lesson – Nevada Train Flat Picking: Breakdown
Time to breakdown some of the things I did in “Nevada Train”. I’ll show you some of the essential flat-picking techniques you gotta get down in order to nail the sound of this tune. You’ll see how practicing your chromatic scales will pay off here. Dig in!
Electric Guitar Lesson – Dynamic Expression: Concept 8 Demo
One of the wonderful things about music is that there are only 12 notes, and we can create so many sounds with just this! There are things you can change to inflect certain things with these notes, but the most important (to me) is dynamics.
Playing softly or loudly and being able to push and pull certain notes in either direction is key to your independence on the instrument. It allows your playing to breathe and flow together in their own dynamic world.
We’ll look at a few different approaches to playing dynamically here, and then we’ll check out some of these techniques over “Gold & Black”.
Electric Guitar Lesson – Gold & Black Dynamic Expression: Performance
The chord progression for “Gold & Black” goes from Gmin to Ebmaj7 to Cmin to D7 over a shuffle groove. When playing a shuffle, you gotta feel the triplet groove and dig deep and really channel it in a musical way. Check it out!
Electric Guitar Lesson – Gold & Black Dynamic Expression: Breakdown
Blues shuffles like this are a great place to show off some of your dynamic chops! Let’s look at how you can apply dynamics to some of the other techniques we’ve gone over already, all over this cool shuffle feel.
Digging these free electric guitar lessons? Check out Joe Robinson’s full course, Electric Synergy.