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Chord Of The Moment

Kirk Lorange (4841) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2

If I've figured this out right, this is a lesson for Santiago, who asked about soloing using scales. I suggested he simply be acutely aware of the Chord Of The Moment, and weave his solo through them, using the 1 3 5 of the moment as stepping stones, as home bases.

The example is in the key of D, but there are chords in there that don't belong to that key. I wouldn't have any idea how to solo through those changes thinking scales, but I can fiddle away endlessly if I think chords.

If you analyze the random (and pretty ordinary) melody I play against it (link below), you'll find that it's anchored to the 1- 3 -5 of each chord, although I use many notes besides these three. For example, I start the C chord phrase on a 6, then I resolve it using the descending C major scale, turning into the chromatic scale until I hit the F# note, which is the 5 of B7, then I'm in B7 zone. And so on. The phrasing, attack, timing and dynamics turn the notes into a melody -- a solo.

click here for a crude recording of an example of how I would attack such a progression (Flash player required). This was played without the backing, just listening to the progression in my head. Here's a slide version of the same (condensed) chord progression, which I sequenced out below. It shows only one chord position for each, but of course the whole fretboard becomes a chord. You must be able to see all positions at once at all times.
Chord Of The Moment