In these video guitar lessons we will take a look at the intro riff and guitar solo to Journey's smash hit "Lights".
Neal Schon uses some very Hendrix inspired chord work to create a melodic, mellow and perfect intro for this ballad.
In this Lights guitar lesson video I will show you the entire intro which should help you understand a lot of the chord work that goes on within the rest of the song.
If you have never done this kind of Hendrix influenced chord work before you may find it just a bit tricky.
The use of hammer-ons and pull-offs to ornament basic chord shapes is really what this type of chord style is about.
Focus on making sure you bring out all the notes of the chord. Especially when the chord is arpeggiated. Those notes should be just a prominent as the main melody notes you are hammering-on or pulling off.
This type of chord work is obviously very popular with guitarists and should be part of just about every player's arsenal. 🙂
In the second video lesson I will demonstrate note-for-note how to play Neal Schon's fantastic guitar solo for "Lights". This solo is truly one of Neal Schon's best and most memorable and is a great study on how to create an extremely musically effective solo while still throwing in a few flashy guitar licks here and there.
Most of the solo is pentatonic based and there are a lot of bluesy licks, but he doesn't stop there. He also throws in some rapid picking sequences and a few Hendrix inspired double-stops as well.
I think learning a solo like this one in "Lights" is a great way to get your chops into shape while also playing a very melodic and musically pleasing solo. It is a win/win so GET TO WORK!!
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Lights Guitar Lesson (Intro) - Journey