Beyond the scalar approach, the next layer of the puzzle that guitarists tend to unlock are the “gems” that are found within the scales and the scale patterns. While all of the notes within the scale will more or less “work”, the gems are those perfect notes that sound just so….perfect!
Once guitarists are fluent in soloing within a diatonic key, the next step would be to pay attention to the chords within the underlying progression. As the chords move, so do the “target notes” within the scale patterns. These are known as “chord tones”.
This page presents a logical progression as to how you would go about targeting chord tones within the scale patterns of a diatonic key.
An Excellent Example of “Chord Tone Soloing” or “Targeting Chord Tones”
Locating Chord Shapes on the Fretboard
- Introduction to the CAGED System
- Introduction to Arpeggios
- How to Play Chord Progressions in Several Different Ways Using the CAGED Shapes
10-Part Chord Tone Soloing Series
- Part 1 – Chord Tone Soloing Within the “Home Box”
- Part 2 – Chord Tone Soloing Within the “A-String Home Box”
- Part 3 – Chord Tone Soloing Within the “E-Shape Position”
- Part 4 – Connecting the Shapes Together and Recognizing Recurring Patterns
- Part 5 – Minor Chords Within the CAGED System
- Part 6 – All 5 CAGED Shapes and Their Respective Pentatonic Positions
- Part 7 – 20 Exercises, With Musical Demonstrations, to Help Solidify Your Understanding of the Chord-Scale Relationship
- Part 8 – Non-Triad Tones
- Part 9 – Non-Diatonic Chords
- Part 10 – The Pros and Cons of the CAGED System
Targeting Specific Intervals Within Each CAGED Shape
Understanding the Chord-Scale Relationship
- Major Key – Understanding the Chord-Scale Relationship for Creating Lead Lines and Melody Lines
- Minor Key – Understanding the Chord-Scale Relationship for Creating Lead Lines and Melody Lines
How the 3rd’s of Chords Within a Progression Can be Emphasized in order to Create “Hybrid Scales”
Unconventional method for learning all 12 major/minor CAGED shapes and every single note on the fretboard
- 10-Minute Daily Practice Routine for Learning Every Major and Minor Chord and All the Notes of the Fretboard
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