Lead Guitar 5; From Scales to Music. Objectives

Lead Guitar 5 – From Scales To Music – the tools to improvise melodically.

From pentatonic (five pitches) to diatonic (seven pitches)

How to practise scales

Paraphrase improvisation – referencing the melody.

Other types of improvisation (formulaic, motivic)

We’ve looked at using the pentatonic scale as an improvisational tool. We’ve also looked at changing pentatonic scales for each chord in a song – therefore using three pentatonic scales per key. These three pentatonic scales accumulate into the diatonic, seven note, heptatonic scale (C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C in the key of C – doh, ray me fah so lah tee doh, – sa re ga ma pa dha ni sa in Indian music).

How do we convincingly use the seven-note scale to create melody when it contains some things called ‘avoid notes’.

Aspects we’ll look at are:

Arpeggios and scales

Scale fragments

Approach notes

Non-chord tones

Chord scale relationships (which scale goes with which chord)

On previous courses we have looked at ‘licks’ – inserted melodic phrases, as used by some of the renowned players – Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, Peter Green, J. J. Cale, and we’ve looked at some songs played by these musicians.

On Lead 5 we’ll be focussed solely on creating improvised melodies on worship songs.

The CAGED seven note scales used in relation to worship songs.