Hey everybody. How’s it going? This is Darren Goodman with guitarcontrol.com bringing you this video lesson. Today I’ve got another lesson here for the beginners for soloing. I’ve got a couple of easy guitar solos that you can play without a lot of experience in lead guitar playing and stuff. So if you’re new to guitar and you’d like to be able to play a couple of cool melodies, solos that are recognizable and stuff, then you should dig this lesson.
So be sure to click on the link in the description for the tabs and let’s get close up and take a look at what we’ve got going on here. All right, so both of the solos we’re going to look at are both from Green Day songs. I’m not a big fan of Green Day per se, but I use a lot of their material in teaching because it’s just worked out that a lot of their songs are really great for beginners and stuff because they sound good and everybody has heard them. They’re really recognizable, but they’re not really difficult to play and stuff. They’re fun to play, not too challenging for a beginner.
So the first one we’re going to look at here is the solo for Boulevard of Broken Dreams. Now this does have something that you do have to do when you’re playing this that is kind of challenging if you’re a beginner, if you’re new. So let’s just kind of take a look at what we got here that is going to be kind of the challenging thing to do at first.
So all of the notes are being played on two strings but they’re just the same note. They’re just an octave apart from each other. So your first finger will be playing on the fourth string and then your fourth finger will be playing on the second string, and there’ll be two frets in between. So it’s the same shape we’re just going to move around.
So if we play here, for example, I’m on the fourth fret of the fourth string with my first finger and the seventh fret of the second string with my fourth finger. It’s the same pitch, right?
Okay. But that string in between, you don’t want to hear that. So what I’m doing is my first finger here, I’m playing, I’m fretting this note but I’ve got it laying down so that way it’s muting that third string. And then my fourth finger is playing this note on the second string, but it’s meeting the first string. So that way when you strum, you start on the fourth string and you just strum all the way across. That way all you should hear is just those two notes. Then the other strings are just kind of making like a percussive sound.
So when you’re working on this at first, in theory it seems pretty easy, but one of the problems you’re going to have is that you’ll put your fourth finger, you’ll lay it down too much and then you’ll actually fret the note on the first string and then the same thing with your first finger. You don’t want it to end up fretting the note on the third string.
So what you’re going to have to do is just kind of move your hand around. If you bend your wrist and roll out forward then you kind of come up more on the tips of your fingers. So you’re going to want to come back, but not so much that you’re barring. So you’ve got to kind of find that sweet spot.
So if you are a beginner and you go to do this and you find immediately that you’re having problems doing that, first thing you’re going to want to do is just put your hand in the position where you only hear the notes that you want to hear and then remove your hand and put it back on again, find the spot and just do that until each time you reach up and do it you’re doing it correctly.
Now as we move across the fret board, that same shape, you keep doing that same shape. So as you move around and the frets either get closer together or further apart, it’s easy to end up getting the space between your fingers wrong. There’s got to be two vacant frets in between. So when you move up, sometimes you end up you only have one in between or you come down here or … Excuse me, you go up and you have more than you need or you come down lower, the frets are farther apart and you don’t get enough. So you really have to kind of watch that. So this is another one that you’re just going to want to play very slowly at first to make sure that you’re getting everything precisely the way it’s supposed to be.
Now the timing on this, everything is equally spaced apart. You have four, eighth notes and then a quarter note and then two eighth notes. So it’s one and two and three, four and, so one and two and three, four and, one and two and three, four and, one and two and three, four and, and that’s the timing for it.
So we start off, we’re on the second fret, fourth string with your first finger and the fifth fret of the second string with your fourth finger. And like I said, you’ve got one and two and, and then we’re going to move up a whole step. So now our first finger is on the fourth fret, our fourth finger is on the seventh fret, and that’s for beat three. And then up another half step. So now we’re at frets five and eight for four and. So one and two and three, four and [00:06:22 demonstrating guitar].
So that’s the first measure. And then when we go to the second measure, we just stay where we were on five and eight, and that’s one and two and, and then for beat three we’re going to move all the way up so we’re at 9 and 12. Three, and then down a whole step from there to seven and ten for four and.
So we start, the first two majors are [00:06:57 demonstrating guitar], and then we’d go to that third measure. We’re still at seven and ten, so one and two and, back to the fourth fret for beat three and then up a half step to five and eight for four and. And then this fourth measure is just all eighth notes. So one and two and three and four and.
So that right there is the majority of the solo. What I just played there is the first four measures. Well let’s say it’s technically the first 12 majors because you just play it three times in a row. So we’ve got [00:07:42 demonstrating guitar]. Whoops. Dammit. [00:07:57 demonstrating guitar]. So that there is, that’s the first four measures. And like I said, you’re going to repeat that three times.
So after we’ve repeated it three times, it starts off the same way as it did. So we go back to the second and fifth fret, one and two and four, then up to five. And then the next measure, that’s the one and two and, nine and twelve for three, then back to seven and ten for four and. And then we’re going to move back up again to 9 and 12, and we’ve got three whole measures of that. One and two and three and four and, one and two and three and four and, one and two and three and four and, one and two and three and four and. And then your rest for the remaining part of it. [00:09:10 demonstrating guitar] So that’s repeating it three times and that’s it.
All right. So next we have is Wake Me Up When September ends, another fairly easy solo, and a lot of ways is easier than the previous one because you don’t have that octave thing.
All right. So first thing we’re going to do is we’re going to do a slide from nowhere to the eighth fret of the second string with your second finger. And then we’re going to follow that with the seventh fret of the first string with your first finger. So we have [00:10:31 demonstrating guitar] and you want these notes to kind of ring out over the top of each other. So you do the slide from nowhere to eight, and then to seven back to eight, seven, eight, seven. Now that is the first measure. So each time there’s a position shift, it’s a new measure.
Now we do a slide from nowhere to seven this time, but with our first finger and then we’re just going to bar that across. So we’re going to get seven on the first string again. [00:11:10 demonstrating guitar] So the first two measures [00:11:19 demonstrating guitar].
Now we’re going to do the same thing with the stint here on seven, but we’re going to do it on eight, but you’re going to want to use your middle finger. So now we do a slide from nowhere to eight [00:11:30 demonstrating guitar].
Now the reason that we want to use this finger is it’s going to set us up for what comes next. So your second finger will be on the eighth fret, the second string. Your first finger will be on the seventh fret of the first string, and your fourth finger will be on the the tenth fret of the first string. Now we’re going to pick that, and then it’s eight, eight so I just take my third finger and put it on the eighth fret of the first string, and we’re just picking the second and the first string together. But that note, the eighth fret on the second string just stays there. So you pick that and you take it off and now we’re at eight and seven.
So eight and ten, eight and eight, eight and seven. So we have one and two, back to eight and back to ten. Three, back to eight and then eight and seven for four. [00:12:37 demonstrating guitar] So that whole first sequence [00:12:46 demonstrating guitar], just like that. [00:12:59 demonstrating guitar] All right. And then moving on from there. So that’s the first four measures.
All right. So for the next three measures we’re actually going to do the same thing that we did on the first three measures. So we do a slide from nowhere to eight again, and then seven, eight. But now it’s going to change.
So we’ve got our second finger on the eighth fret of the second string. So what we’re going to do is we’re going to put our first finger, we’re going to bar it across the third and second string at the seventh fret. Now we’re going to play on the third string. So now we’re going to play the third and the second string together. So we’re going to count one and two and three and four and, and then just simply take your second finger off. So now you’re playing the third and second string just on the seventh fret. One and two and three and four and, and this part repeats. So one and two and three and four and, one and two and three and four and, one and two and three and four and, one and two and three and four and. So that whole solo, whoops. [00:14:14 demonstrating guitar], just like that.
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