Jazz Ideas

by Nicholas Llerandi

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  • Hi GMC!

    In this I lesson I will teach you how to play the guitar solo from Ever Forthright's, All Eye's on the Earth, but more importantly will also show you the techniques and concepts used in this solo so that you can apply similar concepts to your own writing, soloing, and improvising. Some things we will be looking at are the Lydian Dominant mode (Lydian with a flat/minor 7th), playing "outside" with intent and creating harmonic pull with your lines, also known as "superimposing", and taking a brief look at the augmented scale. This solo will also be a good exercise in technique as it utilizes lots of unconventional fingerings, string skips, arpeggios, and hybrid picking (should you choose to practice it that way, but this is not necessary from the start).

    These are just a few of the many things you can apply to your writing, improvising, and general overall style to create some fresh ideas, catch people's ears, and attract some new attention to your playing. Music is a tough business, but it starts with being creative, so try some new ideas and have fun! I think you'll find that these concepts are a great place to start.
    Thank you for watching and learning.


    Mayones Regius 7 (SH4 + SH2N)
    M-Audio Firewire Solo Recording Interface
    Cubase Digital Audio Workstation
    Peavey Revalver (Redhot AD30 amp, default settings)


    Standard: E, B, G, D, A, E

    Backing Track Progression (Although these are the changes being played - and do match up with the written solo - you can also just practice improvising solely over Ab7#11):

    4/4 Ab7#11 | Ab7#11 | Ab7 C- | F7 Bb- |
    4/4 Eb7 Ab7 | Ab7#11 | Ab7 #11 | Ab7#11 |
    4/4 Ab7#11 | Ab7#11 | Ab7 D7 Dbmaj7 Db7 | C- F7 Bb- Eb7 |
    4/4 Ab7#11 | Ab7#11 | Ab7#11 | Ab7#11 |


    The Main song tempo is 155 bpm. There are also backing tracks available at 140, 125, 110, and 95.
    Everything is 4/4.

    Scales used :

    Keep in mind, the lines applying the technique of "superimposing" are not modal. They are outlining functional harmony and are constantly changing, outlining key chord tones and using passing tones to connect one to the next:


    E Augmented Scale, played over an Eb7 (the V of Ab7), creates the sound of an Eb7b9#5; very similar to the Super Locrian/Altered Scale - a very common technique used to play outside.

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