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Watch the Essentials: Radio Rock Solos online guitar lesson by Angus Clark from Essentials: Radio Rock Solos

Hi, I'm Angus Clark, and welcome to Essentials: Radio Rock Solos. When I first came to TrueFire, we talked about what really inspires people, and what inspired me to play the guitar. We kept coming back to this term "radio rock" - the music that's the soundtrack to our lives, the tunes we hear on the radio.

In this course, I've put together ten solos that are going to take you inside how to construct and deliver amazing solos that evoke all the melodicism and ingenuity that goes into making a concise, exciting, and memorable solo in the context of a pop tune. Along the way, we're going to borrow from some of the best, in a variety of decades and styles: Hendrix and Clapton, Neal Schon and Angus Young, Neil Giraldo and Elliot Easton, Dan Huff and Richie Sambora. We'll see what makes them the same and what makes them unique, and how I’ve incorporated the lessons I've learned from these guys into my own playing. The goal of this course is for you to incorporate some of this into your own style.

Each solo has a full demonstration breakdown along with tab and notation, and you'll also get the backing track to play over. Each backing track featured counts off into the buildup to the solo section you see demonstrated. The rest of the track is a repeating “mini song form” that allows you to frame the solo within the context of a pop song. We did this specifically for the radio rock format, as your entrance and exit are just as important as the solo in between. Have fun with it, I sure did!