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A Great Book for Understanding Chord Tone Soloing
on 6 October 2009
It's said that decades ago, most jazz players would build their solos on chords and the tones within them. That nowadays plpayers take a scale note approach and build solos from playing the 'right' scales over the chord harmony. In fact either way works well and as a teacher I get all my students to apporach soloing both ways becuaes they seem to get different results and sounds.
This is the best book I've found for concentrating on chord tones and building solos around them. You'll end up with very musical, smooth solos that your audience will appreciate. If you're a rock and blues player, you'll end up with solos that sound like Mark Knopfler or Gary Moore and you'll find yourself getting away from running up and down penatonic and blues scales and discovering a whole new world of soloing out there.
Everyone taking this approach needs to know their scales and chors so here's a couple of suggestions. the best scales book I know is Jimmy Brunos and he has a DVD and a book that goes through his approach.
Jimmy Bruno, No Nonsense Jazz Guitar [DVD]
Six Essential Fingerings for the Jazz Guitarist (Jimmy Bruno Jazz Guitar)
There's a nice support book from Hal Leonard - not work a book but more reference material for soloing
And the scales approach to soloing is best covered with two books from Gibert and Marlis from The Musicians Institute in Los Angeles. Don't bother with their DVD as it skips through the work and doesn't really give you anything more than a summary of what's in the first book. You'll only need the first book of this pair at this stage. (Buying both will give you at least a year's work to really absorb it all and apply well.)
Guitar Soloing: The Contemporary Guide to Improvisation [With CD]
Advanced Guitar Soloing: The Professional Guide to Improvisation