Using Triads & Double-Stops to Punch Up a Melody

Lesson #436 • May 22, 2022

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Editor’s Notes

Hey there, friends! New video in my “Learning Lead Guitar” series, where I share my progress & realizations while getting comfortable playing lead licks, fills, solos, and more. In today’s video I’ll take a song I’ve always wanted to be able to play lead fills over… and describe how I realized triads & double-stops could be used to “punch up” the melody line that I was attempting to punch up.

The result is me playing what’s recognizable as the “melody” — but it’s bolstered by additional notes being played at the same time — all of which help fill out the sound. Double-stops and harmonized 6ths also make an appearance. I’ll also explain a realization I had about the multiple places on the fretboard where any given triad can be played — which provides optionality when figuring out how to put it all together.

Video timestamps

  • 0:00 Fretboard & Triad Recap
  • 4:56 Phrase 1 of 3
  • 13:10 Phrase 2 of 3
  • 17:30 Phrase 3 of 3
  • 20:02 Backing Track Playthrough
  • 26:47 PDF Overview

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