Could it be true, melodically solo over chord progressions without knowing what scale to use!?!
Short answer, yep!
The best part is that it’s really pretty simple. The trick is to look for chord shapes rather than scale shapes. When you’re able to see chord shapes all over the neck, you no longer have to be worried about a scale when it’s time to solo. When you solo from the chord shapes you’re automatically hitting the right notes because you’re using the chords themselves as your map!
How about when the tune changes keys in the middle of the song? No problem! You’re still covered because again, you simply use the chord shapes as your guide. You won’t need to figure out all the scales you need when the key changes, keeping you out of your head and in the moment.
This is all laid out beautifully in the CAGED system but that can take some time to get under your fingers, so check out the video below to start wrapping your brain around the concept. It’s the beginner’s guide to the caged system or the short cut, if you will. I’ve kept this video to 10 minutes, so you’ll be able to easily fit this lesson into your day! After 10 minutes, I promise you’ll be blown away by how this simple new way of looking at the fretboard will drastically improve your soloing!!
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