Create more expressive solos!
Effective improvisation can add fun and individuality to guitar solos. In Playing the Changes—Guitar, Mitch Seidman and Paul Del Nero present a unique improvisation strategy based on ear training and a linear interpretation of note relationships.
In this technique, improvised lines are derived from the harmonic construction of chord progressions. Learn how to choose appropriate notes by listening for the tendencies of pitches within modes and tetrachords—groupings of four notes in a scale. In Playing the Changes—Guitar, you’ll explore the possibilities of focused and linear improvisation, and develop your ability to create musically effective melodies with greater freedom and depth of expression.
Comprehensive, step-by-step instruction will guide you as you:
- Develop an expectation of sound—an intuitive sense for which notes to choose and where your chosen notes will lead the melody
- Master the movement of notes over modes and harmonies
- Use and learn from the examples on the included CD
- Become comfortable improvising over jazz standards such as “Blue Bossa,” “Tune Up,” and “Long Ago and Far Away”
- Create your own chord pads to use as you practice recognizing the tendencies of pitches within chord progressions
- Tablature included
If you can read traditional notation and chord symbols, have a basic understanding of functional harmony and have a basic technical capability, you can use this book to learn how to improvise and become more expressive and creative in your music making.
Audio includes demonstration and play-along tracks, with additional practice tracks available at the website playingthechanges.com.