Learn 20 rock guitar licks that will elevate your solos

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Welcome to our celebration of rock lead guitar! The aim of this huge lesson is to provide you with some core concepts and techniques which will help you build your soloing vocabulary as we take a look at the styles of some of rock’s legends. From Jimi Hendrix and David Gilmour to John Mayer and Joe Bonamassa, there’s something for everyone.

When creating licks and guitar solos, the major and minor pentatonic scales are a popular starting point for many guitarists, and several of our examples use these as their basis.

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Total Guitar is one of Europe's biggest guitar magazines. With lessons to suit players of all levels, TG's world-class tuition is friendly, accessible and jargon-free, whether you want to brush up on your technique or improve your music theory knowledge. We also talk to the biggest names in the world of guitar – from interviews with all-time greats like Brian May and Eddie Van Halen to our behind the scenes Rig Tour features, we get you up close with the guitarists that matter to you.