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michael523 - Posted - 08/24/2018:  09:47:43


So I was wondering what do the greats use when playing lead scales or chord shapes??

UsuallyPickin - Posted - 08/24/2018:  13:30:02


 



Well your question would indicate that you are just starting out. Lessons with a competent teacher will save you much trouble . Or you can go with a book this series is unfortunately titled but they are very informative.



amazon.com/Guitar-All-One-Dumm...itar+for+Dummies



 



enjoy the journey. R/

Uncle Brad - Posted - 08/24/2018:  16:27:37


Michael,

If you really are looking for lessons, I recommend Steve Kaufman. I've taken a number of his on-line group lessons in both rhythm and lead. Steve offers a free on-line lesson so you can see if it's right for you. The next classes start soon.

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Texasbanjo - Posted - 08/25/2018:  04:46:00


I would think the "greats" use the melody as a starting point and then think about chords and scales. Without the melody, you really can't figure out what song is being played. Think about it.

mmuussiiccaall - Posted - 08/25/2018:  19:14:25


Here's a chart that can explain everything in every key but it usually goes over everyone's head. I have supplied an example Tony Rice (D) lick.


Edited by - mmuussiiccaall on 08/25/2018 19:16:10


dmozell - Posted - 08/27/2018:  16:43:44


quote:

Originally posted by michael523

So I was wondering what do the greats use when playing lead scales or chord shapes??






Neither. They play melodies that they hear in their heads. A good lead line has nothing to do with patterns on the neck. It is about sounds. Close your eyes. Come up with a melodic line which you hear in your mind's ear. Then open your eyes and find where those notes lie on the fingerboard.

mmuussiiccaall - Posted - 08/28/2018:  13:24:20



quote:

Originally posted by michael523

So I was wondering what do the greats use when playing lead scales or chord shapes??






Neither. They play melodies that they hear in their heads. A good lead line has nothing to do with patterns on the neck. It is about sounds. Close your eyes. Come up with a melodic line which you hear in your mind's ear. Then open your eyes and find where those notes lie on the fingerboard.






Absolutely correct! That's how I did it when I was younger. Eventually I figured out that there are just 12 notes in different octaves and each one of them generated a certain flavor to the chord. Also figured that 3 of them were in the chord already, home tones, 2 of them were basically never used b2, b6 which left just 7 pitches get a handle on. Eventually when I began teaching lessons I had to explain the use of all 12 to my student, hence the chart.

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