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guitar soloing in c major

  1. tio12 profile image18
    tio12posted 6 years ago

    I will try to explain how to play solo with easy.
    for the beginning I will start on the scale of C major
    (C-d-e-f-g-a-b-c). before I explain the steps of the tone,
    I will explain the basic formula of the major scale itself :
    1 - 1 - 1/2 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1/2
    thing to remember this formula because is very important for you to play a solo with your instrument.

    and now, I will now explain how the use of the formula is:

    1   = distance from C to D> Major
    1   = distance from D to E> minor
    1/2 = distance from E to F> minor
    1   = distance from F to G> Major
    1   = distance from G to A> Major / Dominant 7
    1   = distance from A to B> minor
    1/2 = distance from B to C> minor / m7b5

    so when we play in the major scale we can use the formula, the above example is when we use the scale C (do = C).
    and the conclusion you can play solo in C using the results obtained from the formula (c, d, e, f, g, a, b, c).
    and for the keys that you can use are:

    C major - D minor - E minor - F Major - G major / dominant - A minor - B minor/m7b7

    Thus is the music theory to play a solo that I can give to you, hopefully useful for you.

    1. BennyTheWriter profile image89
      BennyTheWriterposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks for the advice!  I believe what you're describing is usually called the "vertical approach" (http://myguitarsolo.com/improv_tips.htm).  It's good when a soloist can not only improvise over the current chord, but anticipate the next chord using passing tones, etc.  That way, you create a "flow" so that the whole solo is like one coherent statement.  I still find that difficult to do; it takes a lot of dedication and practice to learn.

    2. stratocarter profile image60
      stratocarterposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Great hub and great reply!

    3. 6 String Veteran profile image88
      6 String Veteranposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I am unclear on your list--the one starting with:

      "1   = distance from C to D> Major..."

      I know that "1" is a whole step and 1/2 is obviously what it looks like, but while the distance from C to D is major (specifically a major 2nd), the distance from D to E is the same, not "minor".

      I believe the labels (Major, minor, etc.) at the end of each entry on your list reflects the type of chord rather than the interval. That might not be clear to some who see your list.

      Good post otherwise!