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Watch the SECTION 1: Picking online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Beginner Blues-Rock Soloing

In this section, we're going to look at basic pentatonic picking patterns and melodic phrases. These patterns are essential to any musician's vocabulary, going all the way back to basic piano studies, Renaissance music, and beyond. Melodic patterns are the cornerstone of any form of music, so the more we know the better!

Melodic phrases also help us understand the instrument and develop the fingerboard memory, knowledge, and intuitive skills that are essential. One of the first pentatonic patterns I learned was from Jimmy Page's solo in "Good Times Bad Times". You know the lick I'm talking about, the one that comes in right after the break at the top of the solo. I'll show you that one, because I still play it!