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Approaches to Soloing - Lesson 1:3 is a video guitar lesson presented by Larry Carlton and is sourced from 335 Improv.


In this segment, I'm emphasizing lines that use common chord tones. Even as I stretch out a bit, notice how those common tones keep the solo tied into the changes.



The improv I play in this clip is transcribed in the PowerTab. Throughout the course, I've included reference notation and text annotations in the tab/notation material to point out some of the key points that we're discussing in use. In addition to seeing common tones from the chord progression laid out in plain black and white, you'll also get some insight into how chromatic lines, triads, and arpeggios can function in an improvisation.



If you take your time and reverse-engineer what I've played in this video example, you'll start to gain a better understanding of how a single-note line can weave its way through chord changes. We often say that we're playing "over" the changes, but we're really playing right through the middle of them.