Solid rhythm chops gets you the gig but its your lead chops that gets you the spotlight and gives you a chance to stand out front and mesmerize an audience with your musicality.
Rock audiences are tired of the same old same old. It’s not about blazing technique and fretboard pyrotechnics anymore. Today, you have to have that something extra-special, and ‘extra-special’ is Angus Clark’s middle name.
Angus walks the walk and talks the talk. He’s toured the world and has owned that spotlight thousands of times playing to more than a million people on five continents. He’s been a featured soloist on numerous Grammy-nominated and platinum-selling albums. He loves, lives, eats and breathes Hard Rock.
Angus also loves to teach and he’s very, very good at it. His Hard Rock Survival Guide: Rhythm course went platinum with a bullet and he’s back now with the Lead edition, which will help develop your own extra-special and ‘lead’ you directly to the spotlight.
Angus organized this Lead edition into two main sections. In the first section, Angus guides you through 25 key concepts and techniques. In the second section, you’ll play your way through 12 Performance Studies covering a wide variety of Hard Rock grooves, tempos and keys.
The 25 key concepts and techniques that Angus will focus on include: The Minor Pentatonic & Blues Scale, Bending, Hammer-ons and Pull-offs, Pentatonic Licks, Minor and Major Scales, Major Pentatonic Scale, Pentatonic/Diatonic Licks, Open Up the Neck Pents, Sliding Pentatonic Licks, Open up the Neck Diatonic, Shredding the Diatonic, Using Scales in Licks, Triad Arpeggios, 7th Chord Arpeggios, Arpeggio-Based Licks, Using Effects Concept, Modes Shmodes, Mixing the Modes, Exotic Scales, Sweeping, Tapping, Mixed Bag Licks, Make it Fit, Go For Broke, and Mapping Out The Solo. Consider these 25 key concepts and techniques as the palette of colors that you will paint your Hard Rock solos with.
You will learn how to paint with that palette of harmonic and technical colors in the second section, where Angus leads you through the 12 performance studies: A Page From Zep, Blazing Iommi, American Thighs, Running Stone Cold, Burnin’ Up the Rhoads, Burnin’ Up the Rhoads, Down at Dino’s, Forgotten Son, Exotica, The Epic, Breaking Melodic, After School and Deep Smoke.
Angus demonstrates all of the leads over rhythm tracks and then breaks them down measure-by-measure, technique-by-technique. You’ll first learn the parts as performed by playing along with Angus and referencing the tab and notation. When your ready, you’ll work with the rhythm tracks on your own and craft your own lead parts using all the ‘extra-special’ that Angus passed on throughout the course.
All of the key demonstrations, performances and examples are tabbed and notated for your practice, reference and study purposes. You’ll also get Guitar Pro files so that you can loop and/or slow any section down as you work through the lessons. Plus, Angus generously includes all of the rhythm tracks for you to work with on your own.
Hard rock influences practically every other rock genre and so, whatever style of rock you play; classic, grunge, metal, alternative, indy, grind core, stoner, psychedelic, blues-rock, power pop, folk rock …. you’ll extract enough firepower from this Lead edition of the Survival Guide to whip your lead chops into serious jaw-dropping shape.