Your buddy dragged you along that Saturday night. The stadium was packed and the crowd was growing restless as the stage lit up and the dude plugged in. The first few notes from his guitar sent a mad rush down your spine; the following notes arrested your ears and blew your mind for a solid hour. That was the night you first experienced an instrumental rock performance and swore, come hell or high water, you’d learn to play like that one day. Thanks to Neil Zaza, that day has come.
It takes guts, big guns and a whole lot more than the pentatonic scale to mesmerize an audience as an instrumental rock guitarist and that’s exactly how players like Neil Schon, Michael Schenker, Brian May, Steve Lukather, Eric Johnson and Neil Zaza pioneered the melodic rock scene, captivating millions of fans and inspiring thousands of guitar players along the way.
Virtuoso recording and performing artist Neil Zaza generously shares valuable insight and an extraordinary collection of techniques, harmonic approaches and premium lickage in 50 Melodic Rock Licks You MUST Know.
Also a very accomplished educator, Zaza clearly demonstrates all of the requisite instrumental rock tools that you’ll need to master this style: call and response, playing over changes, repetition, motifs, vibrato, bends, slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs, how to add drama and tension in your solos, how to fuse blues lines into diatonic chord progressions, killer sweeps, drones, major-minor lines, switch-picking, intervallic lines, extending arpeggios, rhythmic figures, chordal runs and so much more. It’s all here.
If you’ve got the guts to give those tired pentatonic lines a bit of a break, then join Zaza in this comprehensive examination of contemporary instrumental rock and he’ll equip you with the guns you’ll need to blow a few minds of your own.