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Learn How To Play Lead Guitar – Lead Guitar Lesson #1

November 8, 2019

Hi! I’m Nate Savage and welcome to video
#1 of the Lead Guitar Quick-Start Series. This series is going to be perfect for two kinds
of people. The first person is the kind of person that’s really wanting to get into
lead guitar but just hasn’t done it yet. They don’t know how to get started. The second
kind of person this is going to be awesome for is some who’s been playing lead guitar
for a while but they really don’t have any direction and they don’t know what to practice
next to get to where they want to be. Knowing exactly where to start with the lead guitar
can be a little bit intimidating and frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be. That’s why
I made the Lead Guitar Quick-Start Series. It’s going to help you know exactly where
you need to start and it’s going to give you all the things that are most important
for you to have success with lead guitar and playing your own solos. We’re going to go
over things like basic technique for your left and right hands and then we’re going
to learn some of the most important scales that you need to know as a lead guitar player.
From there, I’m going to teach you some techniques that can bring those scales to
life like legato technique, hammer-ons and pull-offs, bends and vibrato.
Once you get all those things down, I’m going to give you some tips to make your solos
sound really awesome and we’re going to go through and learn your first solo and that’s
going to incorporate everything that we’ve learned throughout the entire series.
The best part about this is all along the way we’re going to be applying everything
to real music. I’m going to have some real loops for you, so instead of practicing your
scales or whatever you’re working on in a particular lesson, with just a metronome
you can have some real music to apply everything you learned to.
And the rest of this first video, I wanted to give you some tips for your fretting hand
so you can get started off on the right foot for your lead guitar technique and the first
tip I have for you is really simple; it’s just relax. If you feel any tension creeping
up when you’re playing, if your arm is getting sore, take some time, relax, shake it out,
and then start again. With that in mind, let’s talk about just
some hand posture for playing the guitar for playing some leads. To start out, just pretend
like you’re holding a baseball or something in your hand, and that’s a really good position,
a relaxed position to start in. Bring your hand up to the guitar, thumb on the back of
the neck and just put your fingers down on the fret board. That’s a really good starting
position. Finger posture is the next thing that I want
to talk to you about when it comes to playing a lead guitar and this is going to change
as we go along but a basic good finger posture is to just come down on the very tip of your
finger, just like you would if you’re making chords or something like that. That is a good
starting position. You’re also going to want to come right behind the fret. That’s
going to help you avoid any buzzing or anything like that. For now you’re going to want
to have your thumb right on the back of the neck like I said earlier. That’s going to
change a bit when we get into bending and stuff like that but for now, that’s a good
position. One thing that I want to cover with you quickly
is something called the designated finger concept and this is going to apply to all
the scales we’re going to be covering in the Lead Guitar Quick-Start Series, not all
the scales we’ll ever learn but the three scales we’ll be covering here. The designated
finger concept just says that you’re going to have one finger designated for any note
that occurs on any particular fret. So for example if you’re playing a scale, a G major scale
for example that we’re going to be learning, if you have any notes on the second fret your
first finger is going to get all those notes. If you have any notes on the third fret on
any of the strings, your second finger is going to get those notes. Any notes on the
fourth fret your third finger will get and any notes on the fifth fret your pinky will
get on any of the strings. This will be a lot clearer once we start learning scales.
The last little tip I want to give you is really simple, and that’s just keep your
fingernails short. When my fingernails start to grow out, it’s harder to get on the tips
of my fingers and it digs into the fret board a little bit.
These are just a few general guidelines that you’re going to want to keep in mind as
we move through the lessons in this series. Let me just tell you you’re probably not
going to sound like Stevie Ray Vaughan or Joe Satriani right away when you start to
try to apply all of these things but the important thing is that you practice all of these stuff
consistently and apply it to real music. That’s why I’ve supplied you with the mp3 jam tracks
on all of these lessons. There’s no substitute for sitting down and
spending time with your instrument and on a daily basis, really challenging yourself
to come up with new things. Thanks for watching this video. In the next
video we’re going to cover some basic technique for your picking hand. If you have any questions,
there’s a commenting system below this video. Leave your question there. I’ll get back
to you that way or you can just email me, [email protected] See you in the next


  • Reply Gregn604 August 23, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Good Intro, about 100 too many camera angles.  4:23 is not too long that you should be changing camera angles that often.

  • Reply Eli Kirat September 1, 2014 at 6:32 am

    I've been playing guitar on and off for around 4 years on and off. I've always felt lost when it came to lead guitar. I'm finally trying to nail it down and I thank you for this free lead guitar series. 🙂

  • Reply Sammy Bones September 13, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Nice video. Always remember that a guitar that has the action set up well is easier to play, which makes it easier to do solos.
    Have a great day!
    @Sammy Bones 
    #guitarsolo   #guitarlessons  

  • Reply Jamie Kristopher October 10, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Great set of video lessons, Nate. Truly, I've learned so much from these I cannot state my full appreciation. Been playing for a little over two years but after these, and the beginner lesson you also have here, I can play so much better. Really love playing now!
    And if I have got better with just that small amount of tuition? I look forward to picking up your system after the Christmas break. 
    Many thanks, simply inspirational! 

  • Reply KL Dela Cruz November 21, 2014 at 9:26 am

    I appreciate how you arrange every tutorials on youtube man. I'm so grateful and thankful for you doin that. You're a great teacher man!

  • Reply Pigeon Tentacle December 15, 2014 at 6:54 am

    I'm pretty new to the guitar and I want to eventually play metal music on it.  Most of the stuff I like is really hard on guitar so what should I practice to get to that level?

  • Reply David S January 10, 2015 at 1:04 am

    Hi Nate. Just discovered these lessons and subscribed. Wanted to say thanks and will return soon – it's getting late! And I do hope you're making some money!! 🙂 🙂

  • Reply Lionell Dcosta January 16, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Hey Nate, thanks for these videos. Finally getting down to leads after a long period of strumming away and now I've found where to start.

  • Reply Marri 'Da Gamer January 20, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    I play drum I don know anything about the guitar

  • Reply Himanshi Munjal January 25, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Which guitar do I need for these lessons – electric or acoustic?

  • Reply Jason Blacquiere July 4, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    Hi Nate. Whats the model of your Gibson ? I really like that guitar!

  • Reply marc thibodeau July 5, 2015 at 4:09 am

    Nate….Thanks for posting such a wonderful site.  I've been playing rhyme guitar for years, and now I want to learn how to play lead.  Your lessons are extremely helpful and thank you for taking the time and showing the world how to play lead…..Peace

  • Reply valligatore July 20, 2015 at 1:26 am

    well done! If you wish I play too, check out my videos 😀

  • Reply valligatore July 20, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    nice playing

  • Reply valligatore July 21, 2015 at 1:41 am

    yes, very nice indeed!

  • Reply Yutai Han November 3, 2015 at 2:12 am

    words don't teach

  • Reply Bjarne Korsgaard January 9, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Sorry maybe I was too fast in my judgement- but it is really about the app in windows with those very short videolessons and a lot of talking in each "episode". It is better for me to open Utube. I play guitar and started as 54? and I like these videolessons- thank you

  • Reply Jturner225 January 21, 2016 at 12:43 am

    I'm in a band and I don't really knows w how to play thanks nate

  • Reply Leslie Urbina March 20, 2016 at 6:30 am

    i really want to learn how to play the electric gjitar but idk how to get started

  • Reply The Artful Dodger April 14, 2016 at 5:47 am

    This guy can't play. He looks and sounds like a complete beginner. This is like Britney Spears presuming to teach us all about particle physics.

  • Reply mdjoe ahass April 25, 2016 at 11:19 am

    tq Nate..atlast i found you…

  • Reply SamyGaoGao May 2, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Awesome! Define fly subscribing!

  • Reply SamyGaoGao May 2, 2016 at 10:09 am

    I'm pretty good at lead guitar! From App Yousician

  • Reply SamyGaoGao May 2, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Is guitar a website

  • Reply SamyGaoGao May 2, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Nate is awesome

  • Reply SamyGaoGao May 2, 2016 at 10:11 am

    In yousician I'm in lvl 11

  • Reply SamyGaoGao May 2, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Sorry to brag

  • Reply SamyGaoGao May 2, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Anyway the intro is good and music

  • Reply SamyGaoGao May 2, 2016 at 10:12 am

    I love feedbacking videos

  • Reply Jerry Tracenta June 18, 2016 at 4:24 am

    Hi Nate 🙂 ..i can play guitar but i dont know all scales and just know a little bit chords..hope you can help playing for a metalcore bands..tq!

  • Reply Chris Pelletier June 19, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    I want to be able to play that opening song.

  • Reply Anurag Pratap July 7, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    hello nate, the problem with my skills are I can play some clean easy lead stuff but don't know what I'm playing….
    and for making my own solos and learning every basic thing bout lead comes from ur video….
    I really thank u for sharing this:-)
    So what should I do next?

  • Reply Rocky Hershey August 7, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    how do I get the tracks

  • Reply Partrick TheOne August 18, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    hey, what's up ? i been playing for 3 or 4 years now and i can play solos and that stuff but i also play preety fast and now im starting a band with my friends as a lead guitarist , we are going to have dual lead but im kinda scared to play live and the solos i make dont sound too amazing, do you have some tipps?

  • Reply rjsaiful islam August 28, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    sir please tell how to get your metronome ……ples toll

  • Reply rjsaiful islam August 28, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    drum metronome

  • Reply Dev Saini September 27, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Hello, how r u? i m playing fingerstyle guitar n i m good in that and i can play leads easily but i pick in one direction only that that stops me playing fast leads like people do on electric guitar i need ur help to solve it..

  • Reply Viky Blues January 1, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    you are a sexy beast my firend

  • Reply Daniel Kim January 10, 2017 at 3:00 am


  • Reply Wady Afriadi January 11, 2017 at 4:44 am

    Just all talking and no playing?

  • Reply Neha bohra January 24, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Can we learn guitar lead without learning all the cords??

  • Reply Vanco Topalov January 27, 2017 at 7:53 am

    here's some tips for learning to play guitar
    Decide exactly why you want to learn guitar
    Try to learn guitar eachday
    Find what method works for you the best.
    (I read these and the reasons they work from Guitar guru method website )

  • Reply Martin Mekwan February 9, 2017 at 6:18 am

    Hey Nate, thanks for this amazing information, i needed that. I'm come under second second category you've just said. Just want to know how can i find the series of your videos on the same topic? Thanks, GOD bless you!

  • Reply Jeffrey Gian Arivndhan February 21, 2017 at 10:31 am

    hey Nate can you tell me how to tune a lead guitar?

  • Reply Jeffrey Gian February 22, 2017 at 5:34 am

    well nighthawk is costly in India

  • Reply VISHAL MISHRA March 4, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    can u tell how to find out which string/tab sounds perfect for a word in song
    when we play lead according to the lyrics of the song then how do we know that what should we play to sync with lyrics ….

  • Reply Tbvck April 9, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Nate, Please stop sending me your guitar lesson spam! Thank you.

  • Reply Rohan Chakraborty May 25, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Mr. Savage you don't know how great a work you're doing. Indians are mostly obsessed with Bollywood which is sometimes as crappy as some pop-twerk shit. We rock n roll lovers lack good teachers in here. But I found you to be among a very few from whom we can learn some really good stuff. Thank so much.

    loads of love and Regards from India. 😄😄😄

  • Reply Sammzy odo May 27, 2017 at 10:50 am

    i try to learn it but still could 'nt
    pls help me with the progressions thank u

  • Reply capnamerca June 9, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    I just bought a guitar after many, many years of not touching a guitar. I found your channel and I'm very impressed by your teaching style and how easy you make it for someone to follow your instructions. Thanks for putting it out there.

  • Reply Noobie747 June 11, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Hi! I'm having trouble in developing timing while playing the drums and guitar. For example , if I count the beats when playing in common time 1234,2234,3234,4234 . While playing the drum fill on the 4th count, I am not able to count 4234 while playing which makes me feel like I lack timing. How do I improve my sense of rhythm so that I can play the Drums and Guitar Solos in correct timing?

  • Reply Abhijeet Singh June 23, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Can i practice this on acoustic guitar?

  • Reply raghav bansal July 2, 2017 at 9:18 am

    hi its too difficult to learn scales ??

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  • Reply ShIrZaAd X Falcon September 29, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Sir can i have hard copies of your scale lesson. could you pls suggest how may i get it at earliest convenient. Will be highly obliged if you can guide and help to better my skill…

  • Reply Dimson Fryday October 9, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    is his name really nate savage??

  • Reply Oliver Queen November 22, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Just wonderful, I have been researching "shredding lesson" for a while now, and I think this has helped. Have you ever come across – Ganyatty Guitar Gainify – (do a search on google ) ? Ive heard some pretty good things about it and my buddy got cool results with it.

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  • Reply Soham Dwivedi January 4, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    hey nate, are these lessons gonna work for acoustic guitar the same. whats the difference in acoustic?

  • Reply Royal Mayor January 14, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Sir your the best…..the only thing i require is where will i get the jam track for practise

  • Reply Colin Jay Mondragon JS January 28, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Thanks Sir 🙂 for your Cooperations 🙂

  • Reply Jay el Siena February 1, 2018 at 11:24 am

    you are a good guitar instructor,,,i learn things from your lessons,,,,just avoid lot of talking just get direct to what you're gonna teach,,boring to wacth a guitar lesson having a lot of saying/talking

  • Reply TJ Sipin February 7, 2018 at 7:55 am

    This is just the first video in the series, y'all. Chill 😂😂

  • Reply Sharmin Shaji February 8, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Which tone is that

  • Reply Sothon YOENG Vechaka February 20, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    good you have a good teaching

  • Reply John Olson March 2, 2018 at 5:01 am

    …less talk and more playing. I see this time and time again. This is why most quit in a short time. GET ON IT AND STOP LECTURING!!!

  • Reply John Chearman March 13, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    heres a lil tip 4 beginners who wanna break in2 lead eg if playin summat in G get ur fingers ready in Cadd 9 shape (like G but played on A string like a C) ul find it easy 2 hit notes that fit then adapt that 2 other chords real chords i mean not barres unless pentatonic i wud definately learn ur scales start off on easiest (pentatonic scale it gives u more than u realise like G string thats somehow one frett lower than rest of strings) and play around Cadd9 A B C D E F back 2 G ul soon know where u can play that sounds like u know wot ur playin and remember 2 2 3 2 2 3 until u can solo on multiple strings ive learnt more in last 6 months than all the rest put togrther with these lil tricks oh yeah a decent electric guitar makes a lot ov difference u only have 2 touch strings as opposed 2 cheap electrics or acoustics where u have 2 press like hell n cant get any speed acoustics are brill 4 chords n if u learn on one wen u pick uo an electric ul be twice as good if not more so keep on playing u never really master guitar cos theres so much 2 learn even guitar gods like joe satriani steve vai eddie van halen are still learning new stuff n adapting it its an ongoing process but dont let that deter u happy jamming 🙂 m/

  • Reply rahul bhatt April 1, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Bro u talk so much but teaching nothing worth watching your stupid face why dont u teach some real stuff like scales pentatonic tones or something with a little less bullshit even some basic strumming patterns or anything will do i also watched your previous video #1 it had nothing fucking nothing u teaching guitar or sales marketing cuz u r absolutely selling bullshit

  • Reply Hatake Tradio April 11, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Nate, I am Ryan Deniel Tag-at Tradio, I am from the Philippines. I was inspired to play the guitar because of your lessons. Unfortunately we are not that fortunate in terms of money or wealth and I am just messaging to you here at this nearest internet cafe to our house. Will it be possible for you to give me a guitar nate? Please. I would love to have one. When playing guitars, I just borrow from my friends. Nate can I have one guitar nate? Thank you so much nate.

  • Reply Lazer PH April 13, 2018 at 11:57 am

    Im in between those two persons

  • Reply John Tesoriero April 28, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    hi nate wher can i find the backing track that you mentioned in lead guitar #3, the jam track???

  • Reply sumedh mujmule May 11, 2018 at 6:49 am

    Hey , do u teach even flute?

  • Reply Average Joe May 21, 2018 at 7:56 am

    This was my very first guitar lesson lol.
    I couldn't even play an open e, and i was trying to learn scales; what was I thinking!
    Anyways, thanks for this video Nate, I wouldn't be the player I am today if it wasn't for your videos!

  • Reply John Tesoriero June 7, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    Where are the tabs for guitar solo lesson 10?

  • Reply amine ouard June 26, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    i finished the beguinner guitar lessons and should i start learning the lead…now?

  • Reply Helios Productions July 4, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Hi Nate, Do you have any tips for a church lead guitarist?? Many thanks!! Definitely subbing

  • Reply Saif Towhid July 12, 2018 at 5:26 pm


  • Reply Lakshmi Narayan July 20, 2018 at 11:06 am

    Mr Savage,can I play lead stuff on acoustic guitar?

  • Reply Kitoho Kiba July 28, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    You talk too much

  • Reply Marlon Realin September 9, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Hi sir,how do you find/search for a guitar tabs through ear in a song?

  • Reply Heather Gardiner September 28, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    I received an e-mail saying I have only three more days left of my life time membership. I recently subscribed to your course. I’m wondering why I got this message?

  • Reply Jagged Dagger November 9, 2018 at 1:55 am

    Great vid. Do you have any tips for people with smaller hands/short fingers? I've been playing for roughly 15 years off and on but due to short small hands/short fingers I've always struggled with lead work and even certain chord structures, especially bar chords.

  • Reply gladwin benjamin November 11, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Hey guys is someone having a guitar proccessor he or she dont need.. if yes plz give it to me…. i require one

  • Reply Giovanne San Andres November 17, 2018 at 12:01 am

    This is not about tutorial, it is nore than a lecture

  • Reply Ibrahim Turay November 18, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    Lesson 1

  • Reply Prakash Dutta December 11, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    can I use les paul guitar for rhythm?

  • Reply Jasmin Duncanson December 21, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    How many hours should one practice? How long do you practice

  • Reply 01010000 01000101 01000001 01000011 01000101 December 23, 2018 at 4:26 am

    Nate, that Savage :v!!

  • Reply Anonymous Z December 25, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    My question is are you single? Lol I'm your fan from Philippines

  • Reply Ashmit dey February 22, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Can anybody tell me the difference between lead,bass and rhythm guitar?
    Plus,thus lead guitar have a (wammy stick?)?

  • Reply Doom Kamei March 4, 2019 at 3:15 am

    Blah blah n finished

  • Reply CP DudeBoy March 10, 2019 at 12:59 am

    Nate – Nice work: good instructors like yourself are good at establishing "guard rails" on play technique; how to move a pick and then how Not to move a pick. Those guard rails keep a student "on the highway" and prevent them from falling off the road into a ditch of improper technique and movement. This prevents bad habits that take years to Un-Learn.

  • Reply iam Tolgason March 20, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    Hey I enjoy your video!

  • Reply RICHARD DHAMALA March 25, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    Should we learn Guitar exercise before starting the lesson…or the things you are teaching is from beginning?

  • Reply Making a Beast April 3, 2019 at 4:25 am

    Hey Nate, I’m rather new to guitar. And I’m not a fan of cords and strumming. But love the lead style. Is it ok to start off with lead and mainly focus on that?

  • Reply onefourfiveman April 28, 2019 at 12:50 am

    Nate, What effects/pedals are you using at the beginning of this video?

  • Reply Arteezy Secret May 12, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    Sir Nate, i just want to ask you something. I've been playing guitar for many years but wasnt serious, just learning chords of some songs ive like. But now i try to be serious rn, i am practicing everyday. Now i started practicing fingerstyle and learned 1 song fingerstyle and now im learning the patterns of major scale. Is it okay that i am now practicing lead guitar lessons right now? Also im practicing on an acoustic guitar is it okay? I hope sir you will reply to me thank you for your lessons well appreciated sir

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  • Reply dipak Mehra July 23, 2019 at 5:08 am

    Brother Nath the 12 guitar lessons that you put up on YouTube are really helpful. Such as the major and minor scales and pantatonics. Please do put up some more lessons on lead beyond the 12 lessons

  • Reply Agyapong Elizabeth August 6, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Hi Nate thanks for the video .

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