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Watch the Improvising over a Jam Track Shape 6 Demonstration online guitar lesson by Rob Garland from Melodic Soloing: Major Scale

In this lesson, I'm creating melodies from Shape 6 of the C major scale against an acoustic pop jam. The chords for the jam are C-F-Am-F-G and the tempo is 110 BPM. The jam is a I-IV-vi-IV-V progression in the key of C.

Here I'm playing lead lines over an acoustic track using Shape 6. It lends itself to some bluesy phrasing, in part because it contains the first pentatonic shape every guitarist knows and loves (more on that later!). By overlapping parts of the scale, longer runs can be achieved which sound cool because it takes you longer to get from the bottom of the scale shape to the top. Often these do not sound as though they're just coming from the major scale, but they are!

Even with more aggressive blues rock playing and longer runs, it’s still important to develop a melodic theme and keep ideas connected. Letting notes sustain and hang over this acoustic pop guitar track sounds nice, so have a go yourself!