Groove Changes

by Diego Budicin

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    THE PROFESSOR Playing in a funk/fusion style, as you can see smoothly demonstrated in this lesson, means moving beyond the standard major and pentatonic scales in your solos. While major modes and pents are a found in this style, it is the modes of Melodic Minor and Symmetrical Scales that really bring out a funky-fusion vibe in your solos. 

    Learning how to build, play and use the Lydian Dominant Scale as well as the Whole Tone Scale, will allow you to solo in this funk/fusion style, and bring a Scofield, McLaughlin, Di Meola vibe to your riffs and phrases at the same time. Something any funk-fusion player will want to have down.

    Hi everybody!

    This is my very first GMC lesson and I'm really happy to share this solo with you guys.
    I recorded it thinking about a funk/fusion melody and trying to mix some shred licks with an interesting harmony!

    Hope you will enjoy my class and that you'll have fun playing this solo!

    Guitar : Ibanez Prestige S 5470F RVK

    Equipment : Laney Ironheart 60 W recorded with an Isobox using two microphones: the Shure SM 57 and the Samson CS-2.

    Tempo : 138 bpm

    Signature : 4/4

    Chord progression


    | Dm7 | / | Abmaj7 | Abmaj7 Ab7(#5) |

    | C#9 | C#9 Em7 | Bm7 | Bm7add11 F9 |

    | Dm7 | / | Abmaj7 | Abmaj7 Ab7(#5) |

    | C#9 | C#9 Em7 | Bm7 | Bm7add11 F9 |

    | Esus2/B | / | / | / |

    | / | / | / | / |

    | / | / | / | / |

    | / | / | / | / |

    | / | / | / | / |

    | / | / | / | / |

    | C#7sus4 | / | G(b5)add b13| / |

    | F#sus4 | F# sus2add13 | Cmaj7 add#13/B | F#aug/E F#7 add13 |

    | Bsus2 add13 G13/B Bbm6add9 | F#6(#5)add9/C## | B9(b5) |

    Key signature : The main keys are Dm and E Lydian. In the first part of the song there are modal changes to Ab and Bm and in the second part the key turns to E Lydian.

    Main scales used : D Dorian, E Lydian, E Lydian Dominant, Hexatonic.

    Techniques used :[b]

    - Hammer on/Pull off
    - Bending
    - Legato
    - Alternate Picking
    - String Skipping
    - 8 Fingers Tapping
    - Chicken Picking

    Please, remember to practice this solo very slowly, increasing the speed gradually.

    In the first part of the song try to create your own melody over these chords and then use different techniques in the second part.

    The most important thing is to have fun!





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