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

As you're probably starting to realize, there's a common thread to many of these songs, and that's the usage of what we call BB's box. See, you've probably heard a number of similar musical phrases throughout this course already. That's by design, because that's what you play on songs like this, especially when first digging into chord tone soloing. Remember this course is just to get you started and I didn't want to go crazy with all the melodic and harmonic options. And frankly, in a song like this, sometimes the more involved harmonic and melodic ideas just don't sound as cool or good to me.

The real lesson I've learned, I hope, is to play for the music and within that music. Meaning, if I'm soloing over Sam Cooke's "Bring It on Home to Me", I need to play within the style of that song, and that usually means some pretty simple stuff. Remember how I said earlier in this course melody is everything, and this is a perfect example of that. The old cliché of KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) is always true...