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Key Centers And Common Tones -- Part I

Steve Cass (14763) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 120
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This is the eighteenth lesson in the Playbook for the Beginner and Beyond series. The topic of expanding your use of soloing by using the major scale is discussed. For a complete listing of all lessons in this series, click the link above or perform a search for lessons under my name.

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Make no mistake. There are some guitar solos that are a part of popular Western music that are very simple, yet very cool. There are times when a song, like a blues or a rock n roll pattern of chords, can have a predictable set of licks, tricks and runs. Hey, nothing wrong with that. But if you listen to some of the early rock n roll guitar leads, it's very evident that the guitarists were playing the same scales as they switched to the new chord being played. Again, nothing wrong with that, however guitar leading has grown from there as is quite evident from the works of many popular guitarists in subsequent years in all genres.

This series of lessons will be one in your set of tools to help you get to that next level in your soloing. After learning the basic scales, you can begin here for one view of how some of the pro's tackle those difficult passages where there are unpredictable chord changes. Or this can also be used to recognize just how intertwined and common many of these tones and notes are to other scales. Hey, music is all about relationships. Harmony is a term that not only means how notes play together well, it also is a term (in my book) used to describe just how one note relates to another somewhere down the road, just like a short family tree.