Using Triads & Double-Stops to Punch Up a Melody
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Hey there, friends! New video in my “Learning Lead Guitar” series, where I share my progress & realizations while getting comfortable playing lead licks, fills, solos, and more. In today’s video I’ll take a song I’ve always wanted to be able to play lead fills over… and describe how I realized triads & double-stops could be used to “punch up” the melody line that I was attempting to punch up.
The result is me playing what’s recognizable as the “melody” — but it’s bolstered by additional notes being played at the same time — all of which help fill out the sound. Double-stops and harmonized 6ths also make an appearance. I’ll also explain a realization I had about the multiple places on the fretboard where any given triad can be played — which provides optionality when figuring out how to put it all together.
I also created a backing track, which I use at the end of this video, for you to practice with if you’re interested in following along. It repeats the same 12-bar progression over and over (5 minutes total), giving you the perfect playthrough to put all of this into action. If you find this helpful, let me know!
- 0:00 Fretboard & Triad Recap
- 4:56 Phrase 1 of 3
- 13:10 Phrase 2 of 3
- 17:30 Phrase 3 of 3
- 20:02 Backing Track Playthrough
- 26:47 PDF Overview
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