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(@amnesia)
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Hi there - I've found tihs site that helps you learn Lead guitar, not like a pro.. but to start getting the basics - http://www.easyleadguitar.com/ - what do you guys think?

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(@dogbite)
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IMO another gimmick.
I think the intent is good; learning patterns, scales, shapes, etc.
but you can do that with a free download from this site in Lessons.
you still have to put in the time. no short cuts to practice.

Id pass.

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(@wes-inman)
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I don't like anything you stick on an instrument. My 7 year old daughter is studying piano and had the stickers for the notes on each key. I took them off. You are not really learning that way. Those things are a crutch in my opinion.

By the way, my daughter has been playing about 6 months now without those stickers and she is pretty darn good. She played 4 hymns in church about two weeks ago. :D

Start with the bass E string and learn each note up the fretboard. This is most important because many chords are based on the note on the 6th string. Then learn the A string, D string and so on.

There is no way around it, you have to do a little study. It is work, but it's fun work.

Go to the Beginners songs here. That is a great way to start learning your basic chords.

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(@amnesia)
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Thanks for the Advice.
I'm grade 6 piano, and equivalent on Theory (even though it may be a bit rusty).
So I know how to work out progressions, and which notes fall into which key etc etc.

However, I've been playing guitar for only around 18 months.
I can play open chords.

I've recently learnt how easy it is to work out a Barre chord!!
So if I'm play C, G, Dm... I may then go to C, G (on 3rd Fret) Dm etc...

So I'm definitely getting my repotoire of chords built up.

My rhythm is improving now I have started playing along to songs and a metronome.
I have a Korg Pandora which has a built in drum patterns... its fun to just play chords in time to then, eventually working out a rhythm etc.

What I am struggling with though is lead... I'm not expecting to become a Slash over night, but I do want to feel like I am progressing.

I will take your advice on learning where the notes are. Do you think scales will help me to improve lead?
Maybe I could buy a book?

Thank you again for your time/input!

Dan

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(@dogbite)
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as a piano player you can read music,,,I assume.
to understand what you are doing on guitar is to learn the notes of the strings and then the notes on the different fret positions.
a good start would be knowing what notes make up a chord.
by mapping out your guitar with notes you get an idea how to apply scales.
fromthere you can pick out melody and convert that into a lead lick.

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(@amnesia)
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Yes I can read music.
So are you saying to "read" the fretboard.....

Good idea .. and thanks for that :)

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(@greybeard)
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Try "Fretboard Warrior" - it's a simple (and free) game to teach you the notes on the fretboard.
http://www.francoisbrisson.com/fretboardwarrior/download.html

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