Watch the Hard Rock Survival Guide: Lead online guitar lesson by Angus Clark from Hard Rock Survival Guide: Lead

My name is Angus Clark, I have been a professional touring and recording guitarist for over 20 years. I have played in front of over a million people on five different continents. I have been fortunate enough to be a featured soloist on numerous Grammy-Nominated and Platinum-Selling albums. Whether on stage or in the studio, my goal is always the same: Create music people will enjoy listening to. I love Hard Rock. It is the music that shaped me as a teenager and it is still the music that I am most comfortable with. Please allow me to show you around.

This course is a Survival Guide, and is meant to help you develop all the necessary skills needed to play lead guitar in the Hard Rock genre. It is divided into two sections, concepts and solo studies. The concepts are explanations and exercises, and sometimes licks, that can be practiced with a metronome. The solo studies are demonstrations of applications of the concepts, and feature 12 complete solos played over backing tracks, along with a detailed breakdown explaining the the licks and techniques involved.

I highly recommend watching each concept at least once, even if it is on a subject you already feel well in control of. If there is a concept lesson that is entirely new material for you, you should spend some real time with it and practice the material presented with a metronome. As the survival guide format doesn't allow for each topic to be covered at length, you may want to pursue a topic with your private teacher or find additional lessons on the subject via the TrueFire site. Where the video lesson touches on a topic, there may be additional exercises covering that topic in the tablature, so definitely check it out. Where a concept involves basic neck knowledge, I strongly encourage you to practice the exercises in all twelve keys.