Lead Guitar Secrets Review:
There are lots of general guitar
courses available that will teach you basics of many kinds of
guitar music. Lead Guitar Secrets is one of the best I have
found that focuses specifically on soloing and lead guitar
skills. If you are a beginner, or a rhythm guitar guy at heart,
this would not be the program for you. But if you really want to
be the guy in the band that can create those wailing guitar
solos, this is a great way for you to learn. Dan Denley is the
guitarist that created the set. He earned a bachelor’s degree in
music history and has had a lot of experience himself. That
gives him some “street cred” as a guitar teacher.
Unlike some other programs,
Lead Guitar Secrets is not available
by download. You will need to order the lessons and have them
shipped to you. The set contains 4 DVD’s, which provide more
than seven hours of instruction. There is also an audio CD with
almost 100 jam tracks that you can play along with. You get an
interactive CD-Rom, too, with an hour’s worth of additional
tips. All this comes with a Lead Guitar Secrets book that has
written versions of the jams and songs on the DVD’s, and has a
useful index so you can find any topic you want quickly.
Just so you can get an idea of what these lessons are like,
there are five free ones available from Leadguitarsecrets.com.
There are some free sample audio files and jam tracks here too
so you can check it all out before you decide to buy.
think one of the most important things you need to be a good
lead player is finger strength and dexterity. This set has
plenty of drills to help you develop those skills. If you
practice these lessons you will be able to reach across many
frets for chording and not experience so many problems with sore
fingers. Your finger agility is sure to increase, too. The jam
tracks make sure that you don’t get bogged down with drills
only, though, because you can learn and play along with some
actual solos as you go.
The set does a good job at teaching soloing methods for several
music genres including blues, rock and jazz. All these styles
are noted for their hot solos, so if any one of these is your
favorite, you’ll be all set.
Lead Guitar Secrets presents the lessons in tablature and
traditional notation. I think that’s great, because the two
systems provide different information about music you are trying
to learn. If you are not limited to Tab alone, you will be a
much more versatile player.
There are 50 guitar licks taught in the set. Learning them
allows you to adapt them to lots of different applications. But
most lead guitar wanna-be’s that I have talked to, want to be
able to make up their own solos. That will be possible, too,
after you go through these lessons, because you’ll develop an
understanding of what makes a solo great. You are taught scales
in all the major keys, and pentatonic scales as well. These are
the building blocks for every solo, and knowing scales is the
first step to creating a hot lick or riff of your own.
There is information here about advanced chording, too. Things
like diminished and augmented chords are explained; as well as
how the chords in your piece are related to the scale you choose
to base your solo on. The techniques you need for soloing, like
hammer ons, bends and slides are illustrated. You also gain an
understanding of syncopation and modal theory.
Lead Guitar Secrets comes with a few nice bonuses. The first is
a Quick Start Guide. Since this is such a large set, it is nice
to use this guide when you first get the product home, as a way
to know what you should do first.
The next extra is called the “Progress Tracker”, which is a
handy little chart for you to write down all the skills you have
learned. It is a good way to stay motivated because you can look
back over all the topics you have covered and feel good about
You also get a bonus video tutorial titled “Direct Chord
Substitution.” When you order your lessons, you’ll get the link
to this ten-minute tutorial emailed to you. It explains how
chords are grouped together in families and how you can
substitute one chord for another within the same harmonized
On the whole, I think Lead Guitar Secrets does a good job at
preparing its students to lead the band. I like the fact that
the main parts of the lessons come from the DVD’s and you can
use the book as a supplement. That makes it easy to find what
you are looking for and learn the skills you want. If you would
like more information on Lead Guitar Secrets, click
a more complete set of lessons that cover all the aspects of
guitar playing, though, I would recommend the series called
Learn & Master Guitar.
To your success,
...I'm off to
the Guitar Licks!