STEVE LUKATHER
Before tackling this course, you should be comfortable with all the material from Party In Ollie's Trousers

If you thought this course was already a challenge, the next two sections will seriously push you even harder! Ollie has put together all of his favourite Lukather licks and ideas to create a massive solo that will dramatically improve your skill across the entire neck.

Summary: The Ultimate Lukather Solo

Your first task is simple, listen! This solo is pretty massive, so we would highly recommend listening through the whole piece a few times. The piece runs through a few different keys, uses arpeggios, pentatonics, mixolydian pentatonics and much much more! There is so much in fact that we have broken the licks down into 7 different videos spanning two parts of the course, so please take your time and have fun learning it!

Summary: Lick 1

Our opening lick is based around the E minor pentatonic in the open position, but includes the E Dorian note to kick off! This is a classic combination used frequently by Steve. As the lick continues we run through a D major arpeggio and a Cmaj7th arpeggio, which runs very nicely along with the chords underneath. These are shown here:

Materials: The Tab

In this video we are only looking at the first lick, so highlight that part in the full tab below and use the slow down feature to really make sure you are getting the technique perfect. Have fun!

Summary: Lick 2

In the second lick we really dig in to the guitar strings to carve out some aggressive bends! The first bend is in the E minor pentatonic shape 4, and you continuously pluck the bended note to create the attack and aggression you need. We then draw upon that dorian note, yet again, for thew second bend, before jumping up to a classic rock lick in shape 1. Check out the full shapes below:

Materials: The Tab

In this video we are only looking at the second lick, so highlight that part in the full tab below and use the slow down feature to really make sure you are getting the technique perfect. Have fun!

Summary: Lick 3

The third lick is a D major arpeggio that includes the 4th note as well. Not only does the arpeggio sound better using the 4th, but it also makes the arpeggio easier play across the neck. To end the arpeggio Ollie jumps back to the C note to highlight the chord progression which moves to C major. The full arpeggio is written out below:

Materials: The Tab

In this video we are only looking at the third lick, so highlight that part in the full tab below and use the slow down feature to really make sure you are getting the technique perfect. Have fun!

Summary: Lick 4

The final lick of this section uses the E minor pentatonic to start with, specifically in pentatonic shape 4:

Theory: Diatonic 6ths

For the second part of the lick we move into a really cool hybrid picking lick in diatonic 6ths. This means that every single lower note you play, you then play the 6th note from the scale above that. The scale we are using, once again is the E dorian scale. So, for example, if you started by picking the E note, you would then look at your E dorian scale (E F# G A B C# D E) and take the 6th above the E, which is C#. Equally, if your first note was G, you would come back to the scale (E F# G A B C# D E) and take the 6th above it, which is E. It's a great technique to use in your improvising, so really try to nail this lick!

Materials: The Tab

In this lesson we are looking at Lick 4 (As notated on the tab), so highlight that in the full tab below and use the slow down feature to really make sure you are getting the technique perfect. You can then put together all 4 licks up until now, so good luck and have fun!

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

The Ultimate Lukather Solo (Part 2)

We are continuing our epic quest to master this Lukather style solo, and in this section we tackle some extremely quick hybrid picking arpeggios, more dorian sounds as well as the mixolydian pentatonic!