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Watch the Essentials: Chord Tone Soloing online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Essentials: Chord Tone Soloing

Hi, I'm Jeff McErlain, and welcome to Essentials: Chord Tone Soloing. We've all been soloing over a song and end up hitting a wrong note and wonder why that note, although in the scale, sounds sour or weak. Why is that?

The answer is simple: we're soloing over chords, and those chords each have a collection of notes that form those chords. Usually the best sounding note to resolve to on any given chord is a note contained within that chord, which we call chord tones.

In this course, I'll help you learn how to navigate playing through simple through more advanced chord changes by thinking chord tones as opposed to scales. Of course, scales are important and should be practiced every day, but they're not the be-all and end-all of improvisation. I can honestly say that I've gotten more out of learning my triads and thinking about chord tones when soloing then I have thinking about scales.

I would recommend working through the course sequentially, as it's the way I've designed it. First, we'll learn how to target chord tones on a simple two chord progression can ramp it up from there. I'll perform each piece and then break it down for you, pointing at the chord changes, chord tones, and how to approach soloing with them. Of course, you'll also have all the standard notation, tabs, and rhythm tracks to work with on your own. So, let's get started!