Quick and Dirty Chord Tone Soloing (Part 1)

There's nothing more time-consuming on guitar than learning to solo over chords, except for sweep-picking if you don't do it right in the first place, which is why you probably need a couple of quick and dirty ways to get some joy. By far the greatest benefit of having some idea of how to solo over chords is that it makes you sound like you know what you're doing, which will obviously help get you laid. Our first quick and dirty method is to use stuff you probably already know, as learning a whole bunch of new stuff then trying to apply it will probably have the opposite effect.

This method can and should be milked to death with any blues progression where you're used to blowing over the changes with the minor pentatonic and hoping to land on the right notes.

Let's a take a blues in E (E7 | A7 | B7) and superimpose the chord shapes over box 1 of the minor pentatonic - piece of cake.

e minor pentatonic blues
When you're playing over the E7, the notes in red combined with the minor pentatonic will make you sound like you know what you're doing. These are also great notes to land on when the chord changes to E7. As you can see, it's just an E7 chord superimposed over box 1 - no thinking required.

When the chord changes to A7, you rinse and repeat:

e minor pentatonic blues
This time we superimpose an A7 chord over box 1. You'll notice that one of those red notes is not in the E Minor Pentatonic Scale, so head for this one when the chord changes to A7 for the greatest effect.

When you get to the B7, you know what to do, here's the diagram:

e minor pentatonic guitar
So there you have it, a quick and dirty way to start soloing over changes that you can do with any chord - simply superimpose it over a major or minor pentatonic scale and you're all set.

Check out Part 2.

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