Watch the My Nearest Chord Tones online guitar lesson by Frank Vignola from Essentials: Jazz Standard Soloing

In this essential solo, we use the chord progression similar to the classic "All of Me". The concept here is to pick the closest chord tone the previous one and build musical ideas.

This song progression is in two halves. It starts on the 1 chord or C moving to E7. I chose to start on the 5th of C or G moving to G#, which is the 3rd of E7 and the closest chord tone to the G (5th of C), then to an A7 chord, so the next closest chord tone to G# is either A (the root) or G (the 7th). I chose the A note. I continue to pick close chord tones and create musical thoughts.