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Not Just for Rhythm: Chords in Lead Lines

 

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The Tony Rice Style: Modern Bluegrass Master

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Not only will Tony Rice use chord substitutions in his rhythm guitar technique, but also in his lead guitar work. If you incorporate extended chords into your lead lines you'll find your solos pop a lot more than if you used single note lead lines. It's become a bluegrass staple.

Notice in our playalong example we use all the lead licks as well as the chord substitution idea. Hearing these chords in context is essential to understanding this concept. Switching from single note lines to chords can be tough, but the reward is well worth the effort.

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