Chord Tone Soloing: The Guitarist’s Secret Weapon

Author: Tommaso Zillio

It’s not enough to know the right scales to play over a backing track, you also need to choose the right notes in that scale! How do you do that? You use a concept called Chord Tone Soloing.

Chord Tone Soloing is a very simple idea that helps you choose the right notes so that you sound “in” the backing track you are soloing over.

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Of course, once you learn Chord Tone Soloing, you are not restricted in only playing “in”: you can purposefully decide to not use it to sound “outside” like many Jazz/Fusion players do… but even then, to be able to really sound “outside” and sound good you first need to master the “inside” sound.

Chord Tone Soloing is very simple: the idea is simply to target one or more notes of the chord that is playing right now in the backing track (more details in the video). While the idea is very simple, putting it into practice may not be as easy if you do not know how to train for it.

Here are a few problem that people encounter when they try Chord Tone Soloing without the right training

  • “There is too much ‘theory’ to think about, I just want to ‘feel’ it” (once you train correctly you can use Chord Tone Soloing without ‘thinking theory’: it becomes second nature, see the video)
  • “I can play the notes, but I can’t make any music with them! They just sound like… notes”
  • “The chord progression goes too fast. What chord am I on now?”

How do we avoid these problems and many others? By training in the right way. Watch the video to see how:

If you want to know more about it, you can take this free Chord Tone Soloing Course that will help you practice every single element of Chord Tone Soloing until it becomes second nature (the course is free only for a limited amount of time, so hurry up)

About the Author

Tommaso Zillio is a professional guitarist and guitar teacher. Visit Tommaso’s site to know more about music theory for guitar and visit his YouTube channel for more videos

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