Neo Classical In E Harmonic Minor - Jam Backing Track
To help you practice playing lead guitar it's nice to have a piece of music to play over which has the leads removed. That way you can play over the track and add your own leads.
Here we're going to provide you with a neoclassical jam track in the key of E harmonic minor. So playing leads sticking to the E harmonic minor scale will keep your leads in key and they will sound like they fit the jam track.
If you want to dive right in, here is the Jam Track
Neoclassical in E harmonic minor
Sound clip - Backing
Download 'Neo-classical in E harmonic minor' mp3 file - (Right-click on link and select 'save as..')
The track consists of the same four bar riff repeated throughout the whole track.
Because of the tracks repetitive nature you should be able to jump in and out at any point if you make a mistake. It will also let you refine your ideas and licks without the track changing to much causing you to have to jump back and forth to the bits you want.
If you need a little inspiration, here is a short example of the kind of leads you could play.
Neoclassical in E harmonic minor with lead
Sound clip - With Lead
Let's take a look at the tab for that example. The top tab is the rhythm guitar and the bottom tab is the lead.
All notes played in the example are taken from the E harmonic minor scale.
If we look in the first bar, we've started with a E note. Since we're in the key of E it helps to give the lead some definition to start with the root of the key.
If we look in bar four we can see the leads played on the low A and D strings are palm muted. When playing leads on the three low strings it's common to palm mute them to give them some definition and stop them sounding flabby.
Bar five has the fastest lick in the example. This will require some accurate alternate picking. Notice also that much of this lick is palm muted to keep it sounding tight and focused. Although the lick is pretty quick the fingering is very easy. It's simply going through the notes of the E harmonic minor scale in order through two octaves. Starting and ending on an E note. If you've studied the harmonic minor scale before you'll probably recognise this position as one of the common box patterns associated with the scale.
Bar six has a small amount of string skipping combined with a pedal note. That pedal note is the B note on the 7th fret of the top e string. A pedal note, is a note that anchors a bit of music, a note that plays repeatedly. String skipping and pedal notes are common in type of music.
Bar seven has a simple legato lick that is easy to finger and doesn't need any stretching. And the final bar is a very simple two note lick.
Hopefully that will give you some ideas of your own. Feel free to learn the example exactly if you wish also.