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Watch the Shape Shifting online guitar lesson by Neil Zaza from 50 Melodic Rock Licks You MUST Know

One of the more useful techniques that I use to create melodic content is the inclusion of chord shapes or triads in my arsenal. This can be just a three note shape that is extracted out of a standard chord. These reside all around the neck (just think, for example, how many places and shapes you can play an E chord around the neck on various strings) and can be brought into service at any point in a solo for some great melodic material. This lick finds us exploiting an E major shape at the 9th fret. By adding various chord tones and an ostinato pattern around it, I’m going to show you the easiest way to incorporate this very concept into your solos.