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Guitar and rock music A Finnish music story - Musician Matti Mattila wrote his story for us, a Finnish music story! Please read also his Finnish blog and check his page at LinkedIn. I named this article "A Finnish music story" because through Matti words we can know an exclusive tale about late 70's and 80's of Finnish music. Of course the personal thoughts… go hand in hand, and it’s no surprise that many rock songs or compositions feature short or extended lead guitar solos. Mastering Music Production - Improve Your Sound - The rise in popularity of work-from-home studios has significantly impacted the music production landscape in recent years, driven by the increasing availability of tools and technology. This growth has led to the emergence of mobile recording rigs, making it possible to record full band performances anywhere. While one might anticipate a wealth of high-quality music,… lead guitar solos involves utilizing different scales and guitar improvisation techniques such as hybrid picking and legato technique.

There is a wide range of guitar improvisation techniques available, and one such technique is hybrid picking. Hybrid picking can add a completely new dimension to the sound produced by your lead guitar. It is a guitar improvisation system that is particularly popular among guitarists in music genres like blues, rock, country, bluegrass, and even jazz. One guitar legend who utilized hybrid picking very effectively is Stevie Ray Vaughan, who employed it in rendering a solo in “Lenny.”

Hybrid picking is a guitar improvisation technique where you use both your fingers and a pick simultaneously to pluck the guitar strings or chords. The advantage is that you can use your pick to play lead guitar, which usually requires the fingerstyle mode of playing.

With hybrid picking, you can also execute wide string leaps, such as jumping from the 5th string right to the 1st string, which can be quite challenging otherwise. To effectively utilize the hybrid picking guitar improvisation technique, you need to hold your pick between your index finger and thumb.

Legato Technique

The legato technique is another powerful guitar improvisation technique that produces smooth, connected notes similar to those produced through hammer-ons and pull-offs.

Legato guitar improvisation technique has been effectively used for solo performances by renowned guitarists like Joe Satriani, Alan Holdsworth, and Steve Vai. The notes involved in the legato technique require you to hammer-on the notes without picking them. You can start practicing this technique at a tempo of 60 beats per minute (bpm).

By mastering these guitar improvisation techniques, such as hybrid picking and legato, you can enhance your lead guitar solos and create impressive and expressive musical passages. Keep practicing and exploring different techniques to expand your repertoire and take your rock guitar playing to new heights.

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