how to play “Peace of Mind” on guitar by Boston | Tom Scholz | electric guitar solo lesson tutorial

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An electric guitar lesson on how to play the guitar solos to “Peace of Mind” by Boston from their 1976 debut album.

“Peace of Mind” is a fantastic song from a landmark record. When shopping the demo tape of many of the same songs that would eventually appear on this album, Tom Scholz was turned down by a lot of record companies including RCA, Capital, Atlantic, Elektra and Epic. He persevered however and eventually the record was released. Peace of Mind was the third single and reached #38 on the Billboard charts in 1977.
Like most of Boston’s music, there are a lot of guitars going on and this one is no exception. There is a lot of layering. Almost every part is doubled and many times there’s a third track playing harmony. Tom Scholz is a very good guitarist with great melodic sense, and excellent vibrato. His stuff sounds easy…until you try to play it! You really have to nail the bends and the vibrato if you want it to sound good. Also, he plays all over the neck and doesn’t stick to the more common pentatonic shapes so his playing is tricky to cop.

I had a lot of fun making this video so I hope you enjoy it and enjoy playing this awesome song.

I get a lot of questions about my sound so here’s what I’m using:

My guitar is a 1975 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe. I have Suhr Aldrich pickups on it. I have them coil split, but for this video they were in full humbucker mode. For this tune I didn’t use any effects, not even reverb, just straight into the amp with a low gain setting.

My amp is an Egnater Renegade head. I am using a Two Notes Torpedo Live. It’s a load box and a speaker emulator so I’m not running the Marshall 1960b speaker cabinet anymore. It enables you to crank up your tube amp but use headphones, or just listen at low volume through your monitors, so I can be rocking out and getting a great sound without bothering people around me. So far I like it!
I use a TC Electronics Nova System through the loop for effects. I also have a BB preamp which I essentially never use anymore, and sometimes (rarely) a Boss CS-3 compressor. The reverb is from the amp. My wah is a Dunlop MC404 CAE Dual Inductor, REALLY great pedal! I also use a Polytune tuner which is fantastic.

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  1. Thank you so much for this :D

  2. I love to hear your commentary about the mechanics and insights as well…….you always seem to catch the vibe as well as the tones. Very accurate renderings…….you're not a hack but you do crack it wide open. Keep it up!

  3. dam I would love a lesson with you….

  4. Amazing how good this sounds! You are one of the few who can listen, dissect, accurately replicate each part of a song then effectively convey how to play it. Thank you for your generous time and effort!

  5. Another Great lesson, as always. I hope you don't mind requests but, I have been asking for this one for ever. Nobody on You Tube or anywhere else will do a lesson. It is Villanova Junction by Jimi Hendrix. (Woodstock Version) My favorite Jimi song. If not that how about 25 or 6 to 4? Another song to which no good lessons have been done. Yes or no, THANKS for ALL your lessons, you sir are INCREDIBLE!!!

  6. Another great should be doing studio work ( seriously ) Out of interest , do you use anything ( oils or whatever ) on your rosewood fretboard or frets to help with those liquid smooth buttery bends and vibrato ? I love your work.

  7. Many many thanks!
    Nailed it to the bone as usual!
    you really make things dead easy for us!

  8. another fantastic tutorial! and such a great song.

  9. Can you do Heartbreaker by Led Zeppelin

  10. thanks again and yes please, the rhythm lesson would be appreciated! Great job.

  11. Wow, nice job.  I never paid much attention to this tune but this changes that.  Show us how you get that nice tone.

  12. Gil Lamb (Embeleko)

    Wow another awesome lesson on How To… I'm slightly a new subscriber. I found you by browsing for Prince's videos RIP the day after his death. What attracted me was when I heard you comment on the resemblance of one of his songs with a Journey tune. Something to that matter. Which was something my ear had previously heard, and I spoke to my brother about. Then minutes later I found your video confirming so. Then I googled for more info and learned the story. I wasn't a fan of Prince though I was familiar with his songs by radio play and of course the movie Purple Rain. He was a musical genius, very talented, and a caring human being. The unfortunate death of Prince introduced me to your channel. I'll take the opportunity to say, you're very talented as well. You're awesome dude… Thanks for sharing your gift.

  13. Hey friend, amazing lessons…but please….Blue Street by Blood Sweat and tears, ….thanks and peace….

  14. Christian Whitmore

    Congrats on 100k

  15. Christian Whitmore

    My left head phone broke so when he was playing the solo I only heard one guitar lol

  16. Please do Behind Blue Eyes by The Who next!

  17. Did you inherit all of Steve Job's black turtlenecks? :^)

  18. Great sound and performance.

  19. Another outstanding addition to the many songs I need to perfect. You always seem to dig deep into all the important facets and little nuances of a song that 95% of the players on YouTube neglect. Congrats on another solid lesson. Any chance you could touch The Chain by Fleetwood Mac? Thank you for sharing all your talent and work.

  20. BsongQuest walkswitheagle

    Good stuff, man. I struggle a bit with the trills in the intro/outro. You have certainly helped me tighten up and tweak my skill level with the way you inject nuggets/boulders of insight throughout all of your lessons.

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