Announcement: New Lead Guitar Lesson Teaches Dream Theater Solo for All Skill Levels

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To inspire guitarists to explore new methods of soloing and improvisation playing, GuitarControl.com released a new lead guitar video lesson sparked by progressive rock heavyweights Dream Theater.

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A link in the video description leads guitarists to the sheet music and tabulatures for this lead guitar lesson, which diagram which notes to play and the timing needed to master the solo.

In the lesson, GuitarControl instructor Alejandra demonstrates a solo from the heavy rock ballad “Learning to Live.” While intricate solos like the one in the lesson, can seem daunting to beginning guitarists, this lesson acts as a stepping stone for how to play the Dream Theater sound. Alejandra provides a systematic approach to tackling this solo, slowing down her playing in the second half of the video to emphasize each note and the finger placement needed to play the solo seamlessly.

Alejandra demonstrates the solo on a nylon-strung acoustic guitar, giving the original synth-laden, progressive rock ballad it a surprisingly classical sound. This unique take on the solo speaks to the versatility of the techniques shown in the lesson and the technical skill of the original composers; Dream Theatre guitarist John Petrucci was named the second best metal guitarist of all time in the 2009 book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists.

A link in the video description leads guitarists to the sheet music and tabulatures for this lead guitar lesson, which diagram which notes to play and the timing needed to master the solo. A scale based melody in the key of F-minor, this Dream Theatre solo can be practiced on electric guitar as well as the acoustic used for the lesson. The GuitarControl team emphasizes the importance of focusing on each note before upping the tempo.

Progressive stadium rockers Dream Theater are a useful model for learning guitarists, due to the high level of music proficiency displayed by the band members. Formed in 1985 by classmates at Massachusetts’ Berklee College of Music, one of the world’s foremost institutions for the study of modern American Music, Dream Theater remains active today. To date, the band has toured all over the world, released a multitude to platinum albums, and been named on of the top 5 live acts in the world by MusicRadar in 2010.

GuitarControl.com is packed with resources, video tutorials and lessons, articles, and affordable DVDs to help new guitarists learn and experienced guitarists master their instruments. Guitarists of any experience level find guitar lessons from instructors with a broad array of music backgrounds and styles - blues, jazz, metal, classical, folk, progressive rock, punk, and everything in between. Guitarists can find relatable, easy-to- follow videos regardless of their ability or musical tastes.

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