Jam School: Emergency Mode

by Kristofer Dahl

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  • What to do when inspiration is not there, but you still need to deliver cool lead lines? - In this lesson we will look at some of my go-to tools, that work for me even when creativity has dried up:

    * Developing a melodic motif

    * Fixing your playing mistakes on the fly

    * Using 7 chord arpeggios for note targeting

    * Maj7 arpeggio - dreamy lines

    * Dom7 arpeggio - decisive lines

    * The major scale emergency mode

    * The pentatonic scale emergency mode

    * How sound matters

    * Don't think, feel! How to optimise your mindset for a great performance.


    Chord progression:

    | C | G | F | Fm |


    Guitar: Vintage Icon V6, with Bare Knuckle Apache pickups


    Amp: Kemper profiler with tweaked Morgan AC20 profile, using three delays and one reverb


    ABOUT REC: Feel free to record yourself using the approaches discussed in this lesson and post your take for REC. You should record at least 2 minutes of improvisation.

    The backing track used is from Max Sokolov's Bending Ballad, which features a lovely solo. Check it here.


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