Watch the How Power Play Works online guitar lesson by Robbie Calvo from Power Play: Major
What Is Power Play?
Power Play is the ultimate chop builder and solo crafting method for guitarists. These soloing workouts are not exercises - you'll be crafting and improvising solos through a series of 8 bar progressions that change key four times. The series of four key changes will loop 4 times to give you approximately 6 minutes of focused soloing. Sound easy? We'll see. :-)
I've crafted each track to work specifically with the scale type I suggest you work with in each section, however in true fashion each track will also serve as a foundation for the other scales in the course so that you can change it up if you'd like to.
You should strive to phrase and pace each of the 8 bar solos as if they were real solos. You'll need to end each solo with a resolution point (Sweet Note) and be conscious of the key change that is coming next. If you can phrase the end of your solo to flow into the next key that would be really cool too.
I want you to become the ultimate improviser so let's take a look at how to maximize the potential of this course.
How to Use Power Play
I'm going to make some suggestions on how you work through this course but it will be up to you to be honest about what level you are at. If you are just starting to learn all of your scale shapes for each scale type you may want to play through the entire length of the track in one position so that you can become really familiar with the shapes in only one place on the neck. Once you are comfortable in that position, move into the next fretboard location and play through the entire track using the shapes for each key found at that location. Please be aware that this process may take months depending on how much you get to play.
I want you to improvise each 8 bar section as if it were a real solo. Think about the beginning, middle and crescendo to each 8 bar solo. Phrasing, dynamics and pace are all important aspects to remember as you improvise your solos.
After each full track playing session - TAKE A BREAK AND RE-FOCUS - THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT!
1. Play through the entire length of the track in one fretboard location changing scale pattern shape to accommodate the key that is playing. This is going to strengthen your knowledge of the four scale shapes found at that location. This process may take several weeks. Stick with it until you really know those shapes and can create interesting solos.
2. Play through the entire track and its looped four key changes in the next fretboard location
to the previous one you've been working in. This means that each scale shape will be different for each of the four keys! Continue applying this process with all of your scale patterns across the fretboard until you've got all of the scale patterns under your fingers, in your mind and breathing from your soul.
3. Improvise through one complete cycle of the four key changes in one fretboard location. Shift into the next fretboard location and improvise using those shapes over the next sequence of four 8 bar key changes. Shift again into the next position on the next sequence of 4 key changes. At the end of that sequence, shift again into the next fretboard location. By the end of the track you should have played in four consecutive fretboard locations. As an extra assignment you could ascend through your shapes for one complete track cycle and descend through your shapes on the next complete track cycle.
4. This is where it all comes together and you will see your chops expand across the horizon of all of your scale shapes.
Improvise using the entire fretboard if you so wish crafting your 8 bar solos. Shift into the next key at the location your last solo ended if possible. You don't have to do this but it would be really powerful if you could.
That's how Power Play works.
The benefits of working through this program
1. Learning/solidifying all of your scale types and shapes over major type chord progressions using major pentatonic, major scale and the Lydian mode.
2. Internalizing how an 8 bar section of music sounds and feels.
3. Learning how to craft a solo with a beginning, middle and crescendo using pace, dynamics and taste within 8 measures of music.
4. The ability to improvise through key changes in position and using the freedom to improvise
using the entire fretboard to craft your solos.