Chords With Scales
steve25
May 18 2007, 12:36 PM
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I have yet another couple of questions about scales hopeuflly this will be the last one. Firstly, i've noticed people talking about which chords will go with scales. And example would be right here on GMC the lick of the day lessons. It wil lshow the scales and tell you which chords go with the scale well how do you know that? I mean how do you know which chords go with the scale at first i thought just one chord to the scale eg, Em chord goes with Em scale thats it. And my second question is this... Lets say you have a chord progression of G, C and F for an example at 4 beats to the bar. And your solo starts at the G chord so you're playing in the G key (trying to explain this best i can) when it comes to C do you have to hit the C note on your solo or just inside a C scale if that makes sense? So when the rhythm guitar player changes to C do you have to hit that exact note of C or what? Thanks for any help

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QUOTE (steve25 @ May 18 2007, 07:36 AM) *
I have yet another couple of questions about scales hopeuflly this will be the last one. Firstly, i've noticed people talking about which chords will go with scales. And example would be right here on GMC the lick of the day lessons. It wil lshow the scales and tell you which chords go with the scale well how do you know that? I mean how do you know which chords go with the scale at first i thought just one chord to the scale eg, Em chord goes with Em scale thats it. And my second question is this... Lets say you have a chord progression of G, C and F for an example at 4 beats to the bar. And your solo starts at the G chord so you're playing in the G key (trying to explain this best i can) when it comes to C do you have to hit the C note on your solo or just inside a C scale if that makes sense? So when the rhythm guitar player changes to C do you have to hit that exact note of C or what? Thanks for any help


Hi Steve!

You shoudl find the answers you crave here in my lesson on the subject smile.gif

Regarding your second question:

In the example you gave, all the chords are in the key of C, do you could play the entire solo in that key without worrying about it - you definately don't need to play the note of the chord that the rhythm guitarists hits, you just have to play a note in the same scale, and all will be well.

But ...

These are guidelines rather than rules. Useful for learning but don;t get hung up on them. Soloists often add passing notes that don;t belong to the scale - its something you can incorporate as you get more experienced.

The rule is if you think it sounds cool, then it belongs in your solo!

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May 18 2007, 04:30 PM
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That's a lot more complicated than i thought it would be perhaps i'll try to understand it when i've been playing longer because i didn't really get any of that but thanks anyway

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Robin
May 18 2007, 06:52 PM
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I dont really think about this. I just find the root note and then I just play by that. For instance, if I got a riff or chord progression that starts in A for instance, or repeats that note alot, I just use A pentatonic scale for soloing, or A major scale, or whatevar.

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