Lesson 005 - Multiple Position Whole Neck Soloing

August 04, 2017:
Lesson 005 - Multiple Position Whole Neck Soloing

Learn how to view the neck as a series of segmented (yet inter-connected) lateral scale patterns to gain better control over the way all of your scale shapes will operate across the neck... 

Each exercise will help players develop isolated fingerboard areas into more "along the neck" systems. The lesson plan will help students establish a better understanding for how scale segments can function (as both isolated and as joined parts of the same scale) on the guitar neck....

PART ONE:  In example one, a 2-part ascending phrase is isolated into two separate scale segments. The key of "C Minor" scale ideas are given in separate fingerboard locations. The first (example 1a), is isolated in the fifth position. The second (example 1b), is isolated in the eighth position. The exercise involves learning each phrase and then combining them so they will ascend smoothly from the fifth to the eighth positions.

Example two operates in much the same way as example one. In this study, a key of "E Minor," descending phrase is developed from the twelfth position down to the seventh. A short scalar statement is shown in example 2a. Then, a more involved statement is given in example 2b. Learn each isolated idea on its own, and then connect both of them to form a more complete melodic phrase.

PART TWO: In example three, we will set our sights on the organization of our fingering. This topic is one of the most important concepts associated with performing multi-position scale phrases. In the long 16th-note phrase of example 3, a key of "A Major" melody is performed from the fifth position up to twelfth. Take note of the fingerings shown under the TAB of example 3 in the handout.

Practice the phrase using this fingering to start. If it works for you, commit it to memory. However, if any one of the suggested fingerings feels inappropriate, select a fingering that does work for you and apply that as a committed orientation. 

Regardless of the fingering chosen, the point of the study is to pick one chosen fingering layout and stick to it for ease of movement and for a smooth ability to transition along the neck when performing your 'whole neck' solos..

Example four applies a new strategy to multiple position whole neck soloing in where "2-string sections" of scales are used as a way to carry the scale phrases along and across the neck. In example 4, the melodic line applies an approach that travels along the 4th and 3rd strings in measures one and two. Then, in measures three and four the scale shifts to strings 3 and 2.

The melodic line is built from the "C Mixolydian Mode." It travels from the 3rd position up to the 12th. Be mindful of the third measure where the melody shifts into the new range.

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