Sounds cool, but what the heck is "vertical soloing" and why would anybody want to learn how to do it? The most commonly accepted definition of vertical soloing is where a musician is focused on playing over individual chords in a progression or tune, rather than playing a scale that is common to all of the chords in the progression (horizontal soloing). Usually the musician is working with the chords' arpeggios, changing from one arpeggio to the next as the chords change, a very common approach for bebop.
Vertical soloing, for guitar players in particular, offers other very desirable benefits. When playing tunes that don't necessarily fit a standard progression like most blues or rock tunes, intermediate and even early advanced players tend to solo by following the chords up and down the neck, primarily because they cannot "see" all of the chords and underlying harmonic structure in a single position. Get your vertical soloing chops together and you'll be able to solo over any changes, in any key, in a single position on the fretboard. Sweet, huh?! It gets better.
Guitarists are notorious for getting stuck in the proverbial rut. This is primarily because they keep playing the same things, the same way in the same positions. Vertical soloing forces you out of your comfort zone and places you smack dab in the unknown zone, AKA the creative zone!
Guitar Lab: Vertical Soloing is another Brad Carlton intensive study program. True to form, Carlton not only introduces you to vertical soloing, he takes you deep into these waters. You'll learn how to quickly "see" all of the chord tones, for any prevailing chord, in a single "vertical" position. You'll learn how to play more melodically by creatively applying arpeggios, pentatonic scales and modes and connecting them from one chord to the next. Brad even shows you how to create more intersecting rhythm and bubble parts using these principles.
As you play your way through the course, you'll develop a solid grip on common tones, root targeting, sensitive and avoid tones, modes, sequences, connecting arpeggios and scales, extended arpeggios, rhythmic devices, pedal tones, street and theoretical keys, diagonal pentatonics, punctuation voicings and much more.
Guitar Lab: Vertical Soloing will dramatically improve how you think about improvisation, how you visualize the fretboard and how you sound when playing over changes. Get vertical!