STEVE LUKATHER
Before tackling this course, you should be comfortable with all the material from The Ultimate Lukather Solo (Part 1)

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!

Summary: Lick 5

We now set about continuing this epic solo and getting it all together! Lick 5 is probably the most challenging individual lick as it uses some tricky hybrid picking played very fast. It essentially runs through the E dorian scale shape whilst using hybrid picking. We are using hybrid picking because of the one note per string sections which can be tricky to play if you just use picking. Following on from this section we run through the pentatonic shape 4 but add some cool chromatic notes as well! Here are the scale shape we are using:

Materials: The Tab

In this video we are only looking at the lick 5, 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 6

This lick brings us right back to our pentatonic shape 1, and borrows heavily from one of the licks we looked at in 'Steve's Trick Back'. The hybrid picking is absolutely crucial in this lick, so if Ollie runs through it a bit too quickly please check out his more detailed explanation in 'Steve's Trick Bag' section. The pentatonic shape we are using is as follows:

Materials: The Tab

In this video we are only looking at the lick 6, 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 7

The first half of lick 7 is all about 'mini arpeggios'! We are basically running through E minor style arpeggios, using the notes based around the Dorian scale as well, followed by a cool pentatonic riff on one string. The effect of playing the pentatonic on one string gives a cool vocal quality to the sound. Be sure to try and visualise the pentatonic shapes as you run down the notes. Here are those ideas on the fretboard:

Materials: The Tab

In this video we are only looking at the lick 7, 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 8

The song now changes into the key of E Mixolydian (A Major), and therefore we can have some fun with our cool mixolydian pentatonic. This entire lick is based around the shape 1 of the mixolydian pentatonic apart from the odd note here and there. Here is the shape we are using:

Materials: The Tab

In this video we are only looking at the lick 8, 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 9

The final lick is once again using the mixolydian pentatonic scale, as well as the 'dips' idea that Ollie talked about in the 'Steve's Trick Bag' section. We have put it in this section so you have a stronger idea how you can apply such a strange and cool lick!

Materials: The Tab

In this video we are only looking at the lick 9 and can now piece the whole solo together, 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!

Audio: Backing Track & Audio

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!

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

Getting The Tone

Chris takes you through all the guitars, amps and pedals we used to get an accurate Steve Lukather tone. Yes, tone is generally in the fingers, but there is only so much you can do without some of these key bits of gear!