Watch the Tips, Tricks & Approaches online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Beginner Blues-Rock Soloing

For the sake of simplicity, I've put all the licks and techniques in the first section in the key of D minor. I look at this course as a lick and technique builder. With each example, I start off with a metronome between 60 and 70 BPM, nice and slow. The idea here is to learn how to practice properly, and the only way to do that is slowly with a metronome.

Once you feel you've achieved a given tempo, say, 90 BPM, slowly start to increase the tempo up a few clicks. Maybe keep a little journal of where you were tempo wise, as it's great to look back and see your improvement. There is one guarantee I can make to you on any instrument: if you practice with a metronome you will get better. It can be painful at first, but it is well worth it. I actually love practicing with a metronome.