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Lead Guitar Classes & Lessons

Lead Guitar Classes & Lessons

Lead Guitar

Many aspiring guitarists pick up the guitar with the dream of being able to rip out incredible guitar solos inspired by the likes of great legends. From B.B. King to Albert King, from Hendrix to Clapton, from Prince to Eddie Van Halen, from Bonnie Raitt to Orianthi, from Randy Rhodes to Kirk Hammett, from Jeff Beck to David Gilmour, inspiration is all around!
You, too, have a unique lead guitar voice within you. Discover how you can start today.

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Get Started with Your Lead Guitar Journey
Step-by-Step Courses

Build your understanding in step-by-step small group courses.

Drop-In Classes

Connect, jam and hone your skills in weekly drop-in classes.

1-on-1 Private Lessons

Take a private lesson with an expert teacher—in-person or online.

"I believe every guitar player inherently has something unique about their playing. They just have to identify what makes them different and develop it." - Jimmy Page

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What You Will Learn:

How to Think Like a Guitar Player and a Musician

How to Use Pentatonic Pattern #1 for All Keys, Major and Minor

The "King Box"

How to Use Your Whole Fretboard for All Keys, Major and Minor

How to Know What Scale to Use for Your Solo

What Different Options You Have for Solos in Terms of Sound

All Guitar Techniques Including: Hammer-ons, Pull-offs, Slides, and Bends

Pick Blocking

The Blues Scale versus the Blue Note

"Neck Anatomy"—How to Truly "See" Your Neck

How to "Play the Changes"

CAGED for Lead Playing

Playing on ONE String at a Time

Scale Sequences

Essential Exercises and Warmups

Modes—Their names, Functions, Sounds, and Shapes

Arpeggios and Chord Tones

Guide Tone Lines

Chord Inversions for Solos

Tons of Licks and Examples to Practice With

Many Backing tracks (with highlighted chords)

How to Self-Generate Music

Importance of Rhythm, Accents and Subgroups

Newly Rewritten Books for Each Course

Tuition includes complete access to hundreds of online resource videos, charts and practice audio to help you keep up with the class and successfully complete the program.

Step-by-Step Courses

Build your understanding in step-by-step small group courses. Each course runs for 10 weeks—only $375.

Lead I:

Intro to Lead Guitar

Intro to Lead Guitar is a course designed for rhythm guitar players who have a desire to play guitar solos but have absolutely no lead guitar experience! From simple licks to basic pentatonic scales you will start from the ground up and be playing your first solos.

Lead II:

Lead Guitar Basics

Work on the basics of lead guitar in the context of great rock, blues & folk songs. Learn fundamental lead guitar concepts, scales and techniques…explore the lead guitar ideas of great players such as Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, etc.

Lead III:

Lead Guitar Licks

Lead Guitar Licks provides a hands on experience for guitar players who want to be able to figure out how to solo in different contexts. There are (7) Backing tracks that will be given to students along with music charts, example solos, tabs and general notes.

Lead IV:

Lead Guitar Modes

Lead IV is for students who have completed Lead Basics and are familiar with barre chords. The music modes are colorful inversions of the major scale. Each of the 7 modes will be explored with fingerings and recommendations for their use.

Lead V:

Chords & Arpeggios

For the advancing guitarist who wants a better understanding of chords, inversions and arpeggios in the context of lead guitar. This class will teach you how to solo based on the chords and not scales or scale patterns—starting with learning the notes on the fret board. 

Upcoming Courses

Upcoming Weekly Drop-In Classes

Connect, jam and hone your skills in weekly drop-in classes.

All classes are available as a series of private lessons. Reach out to us at or call 646-485-7244 ext 1.

To preview the levels of Lead Guitar Workshop, click the dropdown menu in the top right corner of the video!

Not Into Group Classes? Take a 1-on-1 Private Lead Lesson

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