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On to our tip of the week and tip of the week is on getting more out of the licks that you know or just a lick that you know. It’s all about phrasing so when you come in on the beat, if you’re playing with a band or playing along to a jamming track really makes a difference. So if you’re kind of stuck and you already know some licks, try starting your licks on a different beat like instead of coming in on the one, come in on the two, or come in on four the beat or on the one end, come in on the upbeat, it will really change the way your lick sound and the way you think about phrasing.
Onto our lesson of the week, it is to help you break out a pentatonic rut. Now I don’t know anyone who’s -- who never uses the pentatonic scale so don’t be afraid to embrace it but there are ways to not be stuck with it as your only option and chord tones are one of the best overlooked tools or art of awesome guitar soloing so I’m going to show you some chord tones today and how to use it in conjunction with your pentatonic scale to get more out of your leads. So what are chord tones? It’s choosing notes from the rhythm chord for your lead tones. If you combine this with the pentatonic and the major or minor scale depending on the key that you’re in, you use the scale notes as passing tones between your chord tones.
For example, I’ll be playing on the key of A major. We’ll be in a backing track for a little bit but for right now, just to give you a visualization of what notes you have to choose from. First off, you have the major pentatonic scale and if you don’t know where that is, you take them A minor, just move it down one, two, three frets and now you’re in A major. Same pattern.
So when there is an A chord being played, I know I can play any of the notes that are in the A chord so I'm going to choose from this pattern of notes right here or this pattern of notes right here and for this example, I'm going to be pulling notes from this pattern and then throwing in a couple of notes from the scale as passing tones.
Then the progression goes to a D and a G so when that happens, I'm going to be choosing notes from this D chord so you know you have those notes right there, that one, right and then also from this G chord so you know you have these notes to choose from while that chord's being played. That's a really fun way and it really sounds cool. You'll see in a little bit.
So what I'm going to do when the A chord is playing is I'm going to pick notes out of the A chord and use those and it's actually going to create kind of a riff. This is a great song writing tool too. If you want to make memorable, melodic riffs, this is the way to go. Okay so then when it goes to the -- when that changes to the B, I'm going to bend up to that D note and then I'm going to end up down here on the -- and it goes to the G, the major third, and then I'm going to end up on the major third of the A chord and then round it off with a natural A.
So let me play it along with the backing track so you can really see how these things work together.
I'm going to play the D higher this time, bend up to a G, then flip to the A chord, D shape, bend up to the G note.
Here's another really cool trick you can do by targeting chord tones while using octaves. This sounds awesome so now we know the chord changes from the D to the G and then it resolves on the A so I'm going to pick the tonic for the D as an octave and then I'm going to target for the G chord as my chord tones with the octave and then when it resolves to the A chord, we're not going to play the tonic, we're going to play the major third and that sounds really cool.
So let's hear that with the backing track and you'll see what I mean. Check it out.
Awesome stuff, chord tones. They're just the ticket. Chord tones and pentatonic scales and you've covered so much so you'll just get amazing leads really.
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