Do you ever listen to the solos you play and think, “Wow, I thought they would sound better by now?”
Well, we all know that the pentatonic and blues scales are the ticket when it comes to play great blues solos… after all that’s the basis for blues and the scales behind most of your favorite licks.
But what if I told you that you can add one extra thing to your pentatonic and blues scales that will really make your solos cradle the chord changes – not just make it through them?
But first, let’s be clear…
This will take some practice, as all things guitar do. The system I’m going to show you isn’t super complex at all, in fact it’s very simple…
But if you think for a minute that you are just going to watch a few videos and instantly be 10 times better than you are now… well that’s just not reasonable.
Interestingly enough, arpeggios, and soloing with arpeggios, is a system that jazz players have used for decades.
And if you listen to some of the more “vintage” blues players like Lonnie Johnson, and even some of the old BB King recordings (this is way before “The Thrill Is Gone”,) you can hear that they play to the chords beautifully.
In fact, if you take the band away and just listen to the lines they play, the chords are so well defined by their soloing that you can still hear the changes going on, even with no band at all.
So arpeggios can work, when you learn them right and add some of my special sauce… and with that let me show you what I have for you…