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Mel Bay Guitar University
Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
Chord-Lead Soloing for Guitar is a complete method for developing fluid double-stop chord melody. This style of playing can be heard most notably in the playing of Jimi Hendrix (in songs such as 'The Wind Cries Mary', Little Wing', and 'Castles Made of Sand'), as well in the music of the guitarists he influenced, including Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Chord-lead style playing bridges the gap between straight lead and strictly rhythm, because it is simultaneously chordal (implying a specific major or minor chord) and melodic (carrying a distinct singable melody). This book shows the guitarist how to develop this technique and create continuous connections of moving voicings, merging lead and rhythm into one flowing melodic chordal texture. This is accomplished through a comprehensive collection of chord-lead phrases, each of which is presented in at least three different fingerings (important for whole-neck flow). These phrases are then assembled into soloing etudes that demonstrate practical application over different chord progressions
Chord-lead playing can be adapted to every style of music, including rock, jazz, blues, alternative, funk, R&B, country, and pop. Mastering chord-lead soloing also greatly increases a guitarist's ability to 'stand alone'; that is, to play by himself unaccompanied by other musicians, mixing and switching between chording and lead improvisation. This book is perhaps the most definitive guide ever written for mastering this highly sought after (yet elusive) style of playing. Includes access to online audio. Standard notation and tablature.
I Section One:
The Concept of Suspension
II Section Two:
Major Triad Sets; Triads in 2-String Pairings
Demonstrations of Possible Moves on 2-String Pairings
Major Pentatonic Scale Played in Fourths
Each lick is shown in at least THREE different fingerings
III Section Three:
Demonstrating practical application of the licks
Appendix: "Guide For Using This Book"
Tablature Symbols Key
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