LEAD GUITAR BEGINNERS
Before tackling this course, you should be comfortable with all the material from Linking Like Clapton

Welcome to the 'More notes, more fun' course! During this course, we will be taking our pentatonic shapes in minor and major and adding 2 extra notes to them to create the full major and minor scale. This will give us access to more notes to improvise with, and therefore create more depth in the tonal range of your playing. We will learn some really cool licks, how to improvise with your new shapes, and finally, a really challenging solo for you to learn. Have fun!

Summary: Adding 'Full Scale' notes

As we have a good grasp of the pentatonic scale and shape at this point, we will use the shape 1 and 2 as our basis for the major and minor scale shapes. To start with some theory, the pentatonic scale contains 5 notes, whilst the ‘full scale’ (major and minor scales) contains 7 notes. So all we have to do is add 2 notes to the pentatonic shapes and voila, we have our full scales! Here is a comparison of the C major pentatonic scale and the C major 'full' scale:

As you can see, the major pentatonic scale does not have the 4th or 7th note from the major scale, so all we need to do is add them back in. Let’s take shape 2 of the pentatonic as that shape starts on the major root note, and add these notes back in. We can demonstrate this via our fretboard application:

Summary: 2 scale shapes

Now we understand the theory, let’s do some practical learning. Here are the two full scale shapes that have been based on the pentatonic shape 1 and 2. Both shapes are based in the key of A minor / C major.

Materials: 2 scale shapes tab

If you are still a little unsure of the shape and want to practice it alongside the tab, click on the link below. Remember, you can slow the tab down to help you learn it!

Summary: Playing in major and minor keys

This theory is exactly the same as when we studied moving the pentatonic into various keys. These shapes are still based on the pentatonic shapes and so, the same key based rules apply. For example, let’s take F# minor and D major as two keys. You can see from he fretboard below that you simply move your two scale shapes to the necessary root notes, just like with the pentatonic scale.

Materials: Backing tracks

Try testing your skills by trying to move the shapes into the various keys below and play along to the backing tracks. This doesn't have to be the most amazing improvising ever at this point, for now, it just needs to be in the correct key!

Summary: Cool Lick 1

To help you understand how to use this scale in practice, we have written out a cool lick below. The original lick is in the key of A minor. Notice that in order to make the scale sound more tuneful, we are using slides, hammer-ons and vibrato. Be sure to go through the lick slowly to understand where you are, within the scale shapes. This lick uses shape one and two and moves in between pentatonic and full scale. Here are the shapes we are using:

Materials: Lick tab

Below is the link to the tab to help you nail this lick! Remember, take the lick nice and slow and use the slow down and looping functions of the tab to learn it properly!

Audio: Lick backing track

As we go through in the video, you learn this lick in A minor, but also transpose it to E minor. Here are the two backing tracks you need to practise over.

Summary: Cool Lick 2

Here is our second lick to help you practise the new scale shapes. Once again, the lick is in A minor and uses the same backing track, however, this lick uses a lot more of shape 2 than shape 1. Once again, each of the shapes used are shown on the fretboard below.

Materials: Lick tab

Below is the link to the tab to help you nail this lick! Remember, take the lick slowly and use the slow down and looping functions of the tab to learn it properly!

Audio: Lick backing track

As we go through in the video, you learn this lick in A minor, but also transpose it to E minor. Here are the two backing tracks you need to practise over.

Ready to move on – remember to check out every lesson in this unit first – then try the next unit...

More notes, more fun part 2

We will be continuing where we left off by taking the scale shapes and applying half step bends and learning a really challenging solo. The solo will take most of this section of the course as it is very tricky, so take your time with it and have fun!