Intro to Lead Guitar

Introduction to Lead Guitar

Learning to play the guitar is one of the most rewarding things you can do. It’s also a lot easier than many people think! With just a little instruction and practice, almost anyone can learn how to play. And it doesn’t matter if you want to be a rock star or simply enjoy playing for your own enjoyment – learning to play will give you something that money can’t buy: self-expression.

You don’t need any prior experience with music, but it helps if you have at least some appreciation for melody and rhythm. In this article we will cover everything from what kind of guitar to get, where best to take lessons, and how much time practicing takes each day as well as tips on how to practice effectively. Keep reading to get started with lead guitar lessons!

Simple Strumming

Perhaps the easiest thing you can do on guitar is to simply strum, or play the strings using either your pick or your fingers. Popularized by bands like Metallica in their early days, this technique is simple but still sounds good when done well.

The first thing you’ll need to do is get a pick between your thumb and index finger. Then, holding the neck of the guitar with your hand or fingers, strum down on each string from high to low. Make sure not to hit any chords you have played while doing this!  You will want to keep your hand loose while doing this, but make sure you are holding the neck firmly enough. If your wrist is not locked, then you may want to hold it with your other hand. The exact position of your hand will vary depending on the style you’re trying to play, but here are some basic finger positions that work for most styles:

When playing lead guitar, you shouldn’t have to worry about changing chords that much. So in most cases the easiest position to play in is with your fingers behind the neck of the guitar.

Now all you need to do is strum down each string from high to low, alternating between strings when playing more than one open note. You can also try alternating between a down strum and an up strum, as this can help keep the pace of your playing steady. Just remember to keep each note clear! If you find that one note is overpowering the other, try muting it by lightly touching a finger behind the fret.

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Now all you need to do is practice changing chords using your index finger to reach the inner two strings. Once you’re able to do that, try strumming up and down in a steady rhythm while alternating between chords. Remember not to move your hand too much when changing chords!

Now you have a solid foundation for lead guitar playing. As time goes on, you may want to try different techniques that are more common among lead guitarists. Techniques like bending, vibrato and hammer-ons can be found in the next section of this article!

Upcoming Lead Guitar Tips

The following tips will help you on your journey to becoming a lead guitarist. Remember to keep practicing daily if you want to get good!

Bending is a very commonly used technique that allows you to change notes with your pick, giving the music a more expressive quality. The most common way of doing it is bending up, but there are also ways to bend down and even sideways! To do this, hold the note on the fret for at least one second before lifting off your finger or picking up your pick. Then pull up or push down the string towards the ceiling or floor, respectively. Bend up for a quarter note and down for an eighth .

Vibrato is simply rapidly repeating a single note. To do this, just move your finger in a circular motion on the string while holding it steady. Do this at least one full rotation per note and try alternating between frets.

This technique is really just a combination of the first two tips. To do this, mute the strings by lightly touching them with your fingers behind the fret as you pick out notes. Make sure not to touch any notes that are played open! This can help keep your sound clear, as well as freeing up your other hand to move around the fretboard while you play.

Let’s say you want to play a G chord, but instead of playing all six strings you wanted to modify it by only playing some open note or notes on your guitar. If you only want to hit two of the six strings, then this is called a partial chord. To do this, just strum down on the strings you want to play and pick out open notes on others.

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And that’s it! Learning lead guitar doesn’t have to be hard and these simple techniques can get you playing your favorite songs in no time. Remember to keep practicing daily if you really want to get good.


I’m writing this article to tell you about how I started learning lead guitar, and these are some tips that helped me. I hope they help you too! Also, this article has a background in teaching people how to play the guitar because it’s an introductory guide to lead guitar. Stay tuned for more articles on all different topics of playing guitar!

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