Watch the Extended Perf./Breakdown 1 online guitar lesson by John Stowell from Modern Chord Melody
Extended Perf. Breakdown 1 - I'm fond of using 1/8th note triplets when improvising on slower tempos, and my solo here illustrates this. Note the use of chord shapes from the melody, employed here in my solo. I also tend to favor arpeggios over scales when improvising, as I like the sound of the wider intervals, especially at slower tempos. I use octave displacement as well to extend the range of the arpeggios. You can acquire the skill to connect any patterns on the neck by creating fingerings that combine positions. Over time, you will depart from those memorized fingering combinations and begin to see the neck as a series of connected shapes and sounds that you can move freely between. The ultimate goal is to internalize fingerings and sounds they create to give you real freedom as an improviser.
I'm using melodic minor chords, scales and arpeggios to create tensions over the dominant chords in my solo here. I'll explore the theory behind these substitutions later in the course. Basically I use the 7th, 2nd, 4th and 5th modes of the melodic minor over any dominant chord. This translates into using melodic minor scales a half step above, whole tone below, and 4th and a 5th above the mixolydian chord in question.