We kick off our Steve Lukather player study with an awesome Toto style solo! Ollie will take you through this solo based in the key of F major, including some cool ideas where we target specific chords with our soloing. This concept really helps expand your theory and improvising skills!
To kick things off we will simply listen to the solo! Believe us when we say that this part is half the battle... If you can hum it then you can play it! The solo is built using 4 licks that really capture Steve's playing style in Toto. There is a great mix of improvising in the key as well as targeting chordal tones as the chord progression moves through a few chords that are not necessarily in key perfectly. So, watch the solo a few times and then we'll get started in the next lesson.
Our first lick is a relatively simple run through the F major scale, except it's all on one string and using a lot of cool slide tricks! The major scale is written out on one string below:
As we go further through the solo, you'll need to use the tab to nail each lick. (their positions are marked just above the tab). Use the slow down and looping functions of the tab viewer to really help you master those licks before moving on.
For our second lick we will be using the F major pentatonic shape 1 alongside some pretty quick alternative picking. Remember to pay close attention to Ollie's tips and tricks about how to approach alternate picking when trying to build some serious speed! The scale F major pentatonic shape 1 is as shown here:
(their positions are marked just above the tab). Use the slow down and looping functions of the tab viewer to really help you master this licks before moving on.
For our third lick we are kicking off in the F major full scale shape 2 (as shown below). As we get to the bend at the top of the scale it's all about technique to ensure you can keep the bend in the right place whilst adding your little finger.
(their positions are marked just above the tab). Use the slow down and looping function of the tab viewer to really help you master those licks before moving on.
For our last lick we really push the boat out to perform a classic two note per string style Lukather lick, whilst incorporating a Lydian idea as well as some beautiful legato lines to finish off. The lydian mode is quite simply a major scale with a #4th note. This note really ads a cool vibe to the sound, but importantly must be used over the specific chord, which in this case is the Eb major chord. Below you can see the chord and scale together on the fretboard:
(the positions are marked just above the tab). Once you master them you'll be able to piece the entire solo together! Use the slow down and looping functions of the tab viewer to help.
When you are ready, the backing track and full solo are here to play along to. It is worth trying to play with just the backing track, as you will not be 'hiding' behind the recorded guitar part; it's all up to you to make it sound awesome!