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Lead Licks: Take It Slowly

 

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Throughout the entire song you hear a supporting lead guitar part. This section is played fairly improvised with a few consistent licks that mark key points in the song. To help you play the part of this lead guitar, let's take a look at some those licks and than how you can improvise yourself over a song like this. It is key to know the key of song, the chord tones of the chords you playing over, and some simple scale patterns. Here are a few key points to this approach.

Key Points:

1. The two key licks in this song comes during the intro/interlude section and during the Ami to D section, ending most of the sections of the song. The second lick serves as more of a transition piece.

2. The song is in G, and you accomplish playing over the rhythm guitar with an open string G pattern as well as a few other patterns of G major.

3. The majority of the time the lead guitarist lands on a chord tone of the chord following the lick.

4. Most importantly, you don't want to "over-play" and get in the way of the vocals. The vocals are king!
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