Truefire - Marko Karhu's Blues Guide Tone Soloing Toolbox

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Title: Truefire - Marko Karhu's Blues Guide Tone Soloing Toolbox
Category: Learning
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Added: April 16, 2020, 12:00 pm
Soloing over a song that is more complicated than your standard 12 bar I-IV-V blues progression can be a challenge. Most players simply fall back on playing the blues box, which can get you stuck in a rut or produce not-so-compelling solos. That's where guide tone soloing comes in! With guide tone soloing, you can target those sweet notes and create some truly tasty solos with some real backbone.

This Blues Guide Tone Soloing edition of the Toolbox series from Marko Karhu is an accelerated curriculum designed to help you unlock the power of guide tone soloing when crafting blues solos without having to struggle through a lot of tedious exercises. Marko guides you through 5 blues guide tone soloing performance studies, progressing from basic to more advanced applications of the approach.

"In this course, we'll look at several types of chord progressions, each one increasingly more challenging. We'll start with a rock blues tune, mixing only major chords. Find the guide tones, add them to the blues box and you're ready to rock and roll. On we go to a minor blues with added chords, and a Jimi Hendrix Style song, using his approach to guide tones. Then it's on to a Standard Jazz Blues with some pretty intense chord changes. Guide tones will save you. And we'll finish off with a Pop-Rock tune with secondary dominants and slash chords. Targeting guide tones will connect minor and major pentatonics."

Marko will explain and demonstrate all of the key concepts and approaches along the way. Youll get standard notation and tabs for all of the performance studies. Plus, youll be able to use TrueFires learning tools to sync the tab and notation to the video lesson. You can also loop or slow down the videos so that you can work with the lessons at your own pace. All of the backing tracks are included to work with on your own as well.

Grab your guitar and start finding those sweet notes with Marko Karhu!

Blues Guide Tone Soloing - Demonstration
"In this video, we'll go through the different levels and approaches of guide tone soloing. We'll discuss five playing situations, each increasingly more challenging. For each of these situations, I'll give you tools to step out of the blues box and add some spice to your solos."

Level 1: Major-Minor
"In this first example, we're diggin' into a relatively simple rock tune that has only major chords. Think AC/DC, John Fogerty, etc. But, a lot of country songs also have these type of chords. Mixing major and minor pentatonics will get you your guide tones."

Level 2: Minor Blues
"In the second performance, we'll address the use of guide tones in a minor blues. There are different types of minor blues and each has its own challenges. Watch out where the major chords are and find the odd notes out."

Level 3: Little Wing
"A "Little Wing" type progression will give you a bunch of chords that seem to have no easy harmonic logic to them. You can play minor pentatonic blues over them if you want to, but adding strong guide tones will give your solo so much more character! Mixing major and minor pentatonic and adding the sus4 and 9th treatements will get you that typical Hendrix sound."

Level 3: Little Wing Simple
"I will now show you, in an additional solo round, how you can get away with just playing the minor pentatonic scale on top of the whole "Little Wing" type progression. I'm still using guide tones, though. These are the strong notes of each of the chords in the progression."

Level 4: Jazz Blues
"The fourth type of progression we'll look at is a jazz blues with some complex added chords, like a II-V. The major pentatonic scale is also a great starting point and guide tones can help you get out of the blues box. These can be the major thirds of all the major chords, but arpeggios can also be great guide tones. Especially when we're targeting secondary dominants, for instance."

Level 5: New York Style
"In pop rock tunes, the chord progressions can be especially challenging. They can contain chords that move a progression forward, but seem to have no direct connection to the original key. There can even be short modulations and temporary tension chords. Finding strong guide tones is the perfect way to address these progressions. Add them to the major or minor pentatonic scale of the original key and you'll have a great basis for your solos."
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