Learning How To Play Over Changes

Hi guys and welcome back to my Guitar blog! I hope you’ve all been practicing your intervals and enjoying the development of your fretboard knowledge along the way. For this issue we’re going to be focusing on scales and their application for practicing over chord changes.

Scales often get a bad rap for being unmusical and certainly not something to focus on during your improvisations for fear of producing very boring, shapeless lines. However, as I’ve mentioned before in previous columns, scales are a fantastic way of representing the chords or harmony that you’re playing over in a linear fashion. Since each scale contains all of the chord tones and extensions of each chord you’ll be soloing over, they are fantastic for training your ears and eyes on the fretboard and creating a linear connection between each chord.

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