Rock guitarists play rhythm 95% of the time, and we certainly don’t get to solo as much as we’d like to, but when we do — game on! And the game today requires a deep bag of techniques and a wide palette of colors to call on during those few moments of bliss up front and center, under the spotlight.
Few guitarists have deeper bags, wider palettes, and more experience under the spotlight than Jennifer Batten, who has played on Michael Jackson's Bad, Dangerous and History world tours as well as a three-year stint touring in Jeff Beck's band. Jennifer is also the consummate educator and she’s back on the TrueFire stage, up front and center, with Rock Sauce for Lead Guitar.
Jennifer organized the Rock Sauce: Lead Guitar curriculum into two sections. In the first section, Jennifer presents 20 lead guitar concepts and techniques that underpin her signature approach and style. In the first section, Jennifer presents Pentatonic & Blues Scales, Dorian & Aeolian Modes, Mixolydian & Dominant, Owning Melodies, Studying Other Players, Conversational Phrasing, Adding To Your Trick Bag, Tonal Variety, The Art of Listening, Effects Processors & Pedals, Hand Slaps & Slides, Sonic Exclamation, Bending Notes, Harmonic Octave Tapping, Tapping Basics, Exploring Tapping Further, Natural Harmonic Melodies, Tremolo Sauce, Intervallic Jumps and Sweep Picking.
In the second section, Jennifer demonstrates all 20 of the concepts and techniques across a diverse series of 17 lead guitar studies. For each study, Jennifer first overviews the concepts and techniques that will be employed over the rhythm track and then performs a solo over that rhythm tracks, which is designed to showcase those particular concepts and techniques in a real world musical context.
After the performance examples, Jennifer breaks the solos down technique-by-technique, part-by-part. Using Jennifer’s breakdowns, along with the supplied tab and notation, you’ll learn the solos as performed and can play them along with Jennifer at tempo. Next step is playing the solos by yourself over the supplied rhythm tracks. The final step, and the mission of this learning experience, is to integrate those concepts and techniques into your own solos and improvisations.
The 17 lead guitar studies cover a wide variety of tempos, keys and rock feels and all focus on one or more of the essential concepts and techniques: Sweeping Sauce, Tremolodic Bends, Between The Thirds, Bluesy Double Stops, Legato Stretches, Harmonic Melodic, Natural Harmonic Sauce, Nastophonics, Power Trem, Skip To My Intervals, Chromatic Automatic, Bluesy Mixo, Tap Quest, Tropical Combo Sauce, Alternate Picked Pedal Trip and Whammy Kick.