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Steve Krenz

Live Lesson: August 6th - Using Chord Tones as Seeds for Soloing

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Tuesday August 6th, 2019

Topic: Using Chord Tones as Seeds for Soloing

7pm Central Time US

You can watch the lesson HERE.

Here is the PDF for this lesson... Using Chord Tones as Seeds.pdf

Some may think that improvising is pure creativity - a person creating on a blank canvas - which can be quite intimidating.  But, often, it's more like combining creative links to make a chain of ideas.  

These links or idea "seeds" can be built from the chord tones using some simple techniques that we'll be showing tonight.

You can start off by using simple tricks around the chord tones to jump start the creativity.  It's a great technique.

There will be music, laughs, giveaways and more.  I look forward to seeing you there!

Watch on our Guitar Gathering YouTube Channel HERE

- Steve 

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Great topic, @Steve Krenz.

In order to improve my solo / improvisation skills I have spend about 2 years now working on scales, chord tones, licks and learning complete solo's from songs, especially in the blues and rock area.

It seems to be a very long road to get to the point where my fingers play the music I "hear" in my head.

Looking forward to another great Live Lesson (although I cannot watch them live because they are in the middle of the night on my side of the Atlantic 😀)

Wim.

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That was a very good lesson, @Steve Krenz. I kept up for about 10 minutes, until around the time you left the middle strings (!) but you explained the central ideas very well. Happy to help with the chat any time. Neil picked up everything I missed, so we had it covered. 🙋‍♀️

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Excellent lesson. Thank you Steve.

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I'll have to watch on rewind, 

If Diane was smoked, I'll pick up basic idea I figure

Sorry wasn't home to do my usual mod job, 

I should send Diane my "template " text file like I did with Neil 

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In the comments section of this lesson's YouTube video, I asked Steve to explain the concept he was using when playing a Bm lick over an Em chord and a G lick over a C chord.

In his response, Steve referred to Larry Carlton's super arpeggio concept explained in the video below.

The graph in the video clarified everything for me, so I thought it was well worth sharing this on our forum here as well.

Wim

 

 

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@Wim VD1 I'm sure a lot of us are going to find this chart/video helpful.  Thank you for finding this and posting it.

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