April, 2011

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Learn How To Dominate The Major Scale On Guitar – Part 2 – 6/4 Form

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Hey all. Here’s the second installment in my “How To Dominate The Major Scale” series. If you haven’t yet, check out the first installment here it will explain the series. Check out the above video for a detailed explanation of the scale and use the scale diagrams below to help you work your way through it. As usual, Click to continue »

Learn How To Play “Coming Home” With “Big” Chords and “Baby” Chords For Beginners

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Hey all. The video above shows how to play the P Diddy tune “Coming Home” It’s a song mainly with piano, drum machine and keyboards, but it is also do-able on Guitar. For this lesson, I break down the song into two areas: One for the guitarists who can play full open position chords and full barre chords; and one for those who are just beginning to play guitar or those who have small hands/fingers.

Coming Hpme - "Adult" CHords

Coming Home - "Adult" Chords

Even though I refer to the chords below as “baby” chords, Click to continue »

Learn To Play The Beatles Classic “Michelle” On Guitar

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Hi all. Here’s a different way of playing The Beatles Classic “Michelle”. I figured out the chords by ear from the record and voila…now I know this may not be geared to total beginners, but if you put a little effort into playing these chords, you should be good to go relatively soon. They are not as difficult as they look…AND…they will be chord you may use later on in your guitar career!

As usual, the lines of each chord diagram going down are the strings on your guitar from bottom (6th string) to top (1st string). The “x”‘s mean that you do not strike or play that particular string, and the numbers refer to your fingers.

I think this song speaks for itself, Click to continue »

Chord And Volume Swell Intro To “21 Guns” By Green Day For Guitar!

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Hi all. Here’s a quick lesson on playing the intro to Green Day’s “21 Guns” tune. Check out the video above for a more complete explanation of the introduction to this great song. Basically, you are using the chord shapes below along with your guitar’s volume knob or a volume pedal. And that’s pretty much it! The volume swells add a nice haunting, dramatic quality to the intro which I find very cool. In future lessons I will explore the use of volume swells in other ways which can only benefit your guitar skills…:) As usual, if you have enjoyed this lesson, please leave a comment down below. Take care and keep on rockin’!!!

21 Guns Intro Chords For Guitar

21 Guns Intro Chords For Guitar


Learn How To Dominate The Major Scale on Guitar! – Part 1 – 6/2 Form

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Hey all. Welcome to the beginning of the LR GUITAR scale series. In this series, I will introduce the beginning guitar player to the various major, minor and pentatonic minor scales that are so necessary in dominating your instrument…:)The idea of learning scales may seem a tad boring to some, especially when all you want to do is shred with the big boys. But the problem here is that to be able to shred, you really need to know your neck and scales. Guys like Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Pat Metheny, John Scofield and every other major player know their scales backwards and frontwards…so why shouldn’t you!? Once you spend some time on this stuff you’ll be glad you did…especially when you begin to see the results that come from a focused and serious commitment to your instrument.

The above video examines the major scale in one scale form, the 6/2. So what does this 6/2 form mean. Click to continue »

Lyle Swaps Guitar Solos With Kenny Of Thick As Thieves

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Hey all. Here’s another video of me playing in my Classic Rock Band alongside my guitar counterpart Kenny McKay. Ken has a more bluesy rock approach while I take a more “shred” approach. The styles mesh nicely together creating a two guitar sound that please audiences around town. In later weeks, I will be starting a new series on LR Guitar about joining a band and the role and responsibilities of playing in a band. It all looks like fun and games on stage…and it is…but there’s a lot of work being done behind the scenes to get there. I’ll keep you all posted when that series begins.

If you like this performance, please leave a comment and thanks for dropping by…:)


Lyle Plays Jimmy Page’s Heartbreaker Solo Live

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Hey all. Here’s a clip of me and my Montreal Classic Rock Band Thick As Thieves playing at the great West Island club “Clydes” sometime in 2009. Just for the record, I take a lot of liberties with this solo and believe me when I say it’s NOT note-for-note! When doing a solo I mix some of the original with some of my “stuff” which I find works best for me. This may not be the way others play it, but I’ve been doing this tune a long time and it works for me and the audience…which is what is important. Plus it’s fun to just let it rip on occasion…:)

Please feel free to leave a comment if you enjoyed this performance. And oh…two things… Click to continue »

Spice Up Your Standard Guitar Chords With Sweet Sounding Open Strings!!

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Hi all. Thanks to those who commented on the last lesson. I had some great feedback and it was greatly appreciated. There will be more Chord Fun coming your way so stay tuned. Actually, this lesson is also chord related…but with a twist! And the twist is…open strings. I first heard Alex Lifeson of Rush utilize open strings back in the ’80′s and suffice it to say, I just loved the open sounding quality it gave the chords he was using. Since then, I have used this concept a lot and still do to this day. It is a very effective guitar addition to your repertoire of skills and if not overdone, can add a sweet surprise to anyone’s use of chords.

Along with the video lesson, I have also included the chord shapes that are used in the video. Click to continue »

Having Fun With The C Chord – A Beginners Lesson

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Hey all. This is the first lesson on lrguitar.com and I thought it would be a great way to break the ice by introducing to you all a cool way of using a common variety C chord in different areas on the guitar neck. As the video below demonstrates, by moving the C chord shape around the neck, you can come up with interesting sounds and textures that you might not have thought of otherwise. AND, it makes you sound cool instantly…:) So check out the video below and please leave a comment with your thoughts ’cause I’d love to hear what you have to say! Ciao for now.


Steve Vai’s “Secrets” To Guitar Success

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Hey all. I really love this video clip of Steve Vai talking about how to succeed at becoming a great guitar player! His philosophy mirrors my own thoughts on guitar and guitar practice and while I may not be at his level…yet…it is something that I strive for everyday…except on Thursdays…:) I hope you enjoy this clip and I really hope his words sink in, in whatever your wanting to succeed at. Take care and see ya later.