Chord scales are an easy way to expand your chord voicings, comping, chord soloing, and chord melody phrases. Lesson includes TAB, notation and audio. Powered by Slider All guitar scales pdf free download 5.
I think you agree that guitarists spend most of their time playing rhythm and chords in a group setting. Because of this, it’s essential to develop an understanding of chords, chord scales, and chord progressions in your studies. After learning chords, the most important next step is to run those shapes through chord scales. Chord scales are harmonized scales played in horizontal fashion across the fretboard. Not only do chord scales expand your understanding of harmony, they provide a new approach to playing over chord changes.
By working diatonic chord scales, you always have 7 shapes for each chord you play. With each shape providing a different harmonic color over the underlying chord. This opens up your fretboard and creates new avenues of exploration in your comping, chord soloing, and chord melodies. In this lesson, you learn to build and practice chord scales and how to use them to over common chord progressions and chord qualities.
There are also two chord studies that apply chord scales to full songs in your playing. So, grab your guitar, crank your amp, and dig into one of the most important harmonic devices, chord scales. To begin, start by learning what chord scales are and how to build these harmonic devices. Then, harmonize those notes by adding diatonic chords on top of each scale note on that single string. As you see, each chord is in root position. As well, when playing single-string scales, start on the lowest possible note to take advantage of the entire fretboard when you harmonize that scale. You see examples of this approach, starting on the lowest possible note on any string, below.
If that seems difficult right now, not to worry. The exercises below clear up any issues that arise when mixing chords and single-string scales on guitar. Chord scales can be applied to any chord shape that you work on in your studies. To begin your studies, learn each example in the given key.
From there, work them in multiple keys to bring them to different areas of the fretboard. As well, each chord scale example, except ii V I lines and tune studies, are written with a half-note rhythm. This is done to make it easy to get these shapes under your fingers in the beginning. Once you’ve worked out the first three examples, use the ii V I backing tracks to jam those chord scales in a musical situation. As well, take any of these chord scales to a full tune, either one of the examples below or another jazz standard that you know. As you can see, there are a number of ways to practice chord scales beyond memorizing shapes on the guitar.