Are you already wondering what the heck soloing in the pocket is? Well, finding the pocket is the key to making what you play feel good. The term pocket refers to how you line up rhythmically with the groove of the song. It doesn’t matter if you’re doing rhythm playing or lead work, the pocket is where the money is at.
I already showed you how to start doing this when it comes to rhythm playing, but now its time to make those leads feel great! In today’s free lesson I’ll teach you just that! Much like the rhythm version of this lesson, we start by learning to listen to what is going on in the drum groove. Get the drum groove used in the lesson here. In learning to synchronize your lead phrasing with the patterns created by the drummer’s kick and snare, you’ll be well on your way to creating perfectly pocketed solos! Once you get the hang of this, your improvised solos will take on a life of their own. So, fire up your amp or grab that acoustic and let’s get started!
When I decided I wanted to learn guitar I did it all backwards. Instead of starting on an acoustic, I started out on an electric guitar. It was the ugliest no name $79 dollar electric guitar you could find, but it had distortion and that was all that mattered. I just couldn’t imagine playing Crazy Train on acoustic, lol! Little did I know, that electric was so bad I would have had an easier time playing the songs I wanted on an acoustic.
But usually, the story starts something like “Mom/Dad, I want to learn to play guitar”. Then if you’re lucky, an acoustic guitar appears out of the ether for christmas or your next birthday! Or maybe it’s later in life after you’ve paid your dues with your career and you decide to reconnect with that dream you had as a kid of learning to play all of your favorite songs. I didn’t actually buy an acoustic guitar until about 25 years later. I had already been teaching guitar for about 8 years when my buddy Marty Schwartz said, “dude you need an acoustic”!
Acoustic was a whole new world for me and has definitely made me a better player. It really helped me appreciate the struggles people have when learning guitar for the first time. There are certain things that don’t seem natural when trying to play acoustic guitar for the first time. That’s why I created my Beginners Break Through Acoustic DVD series. It starts at square one and covers everything from how to hold a guitar, proper finger pressure, open chords, barre chords, strum patterns all the way through to learning over 30 famous chord progressions from artists both past and present (for all the amazing details on this product, check the sale link below). To top it off, this DVD set is available at a MASSIVE discount! It’s my way of saying happy holidays to you and giving you that final push to start the lifelong journey of playing guitar.
Get your guitar playing appetite going with this quick video lesson on spicing up a typical chord progression. It’s not a beginner video but something you would totally be able to do once you are half way through my Beginner’s Acoustic Video course. Good luck! Happy strumming!