Outlining Guitar Solos and Targeting Chord Tones
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(Part 3 of 3)
Lead guitar players often target the notes of chords they play over. This helps to identify the strong notes in a scale and more closely tie the solo to the chord progression. The way that I target chord tones and outline chord progressions while guitar soloing is by visualizing the chords I’m playing over within the scale pattern I’m using. I do this using the guitar CAGED chord system. For example, in my “Blessed Be Your Name” guitar video, I used primarily A major scale pattern 3 (pattern 3 as I teach the patterns in my book Fretboard Theory). The chord progression is A E F#m D. Because of the CAGED system, I can play any basic chord in any position. I can also play any basic chord as an arpeggio pattern. Prior to playing the guitar solo, I mapped out the chords A E F#m D in the scale position I was going to use. Then, as I soloed, I visualized the chords in the scale pattern as they changed, targeting a note from each chord on beat 1 of each measure. Sometimes I hit a chord’s root, other times the 3rd or 5th. I didn’t really think about the intervals, I just played the closest arpeggio pattern note for each chord when it came up depending on where I was in the scale pattern.
I practiced this for a while over the Blessed Be Your Name play along jam track I created, often stopping the track to work things out, correct mistakes and refine my parts.
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Mr. Desi Serna