Learn how to target chord tones when soloing over a chord progression

Andy Timmons
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One of my favorite techniques to use when soloing is to weave melodic lines while traversing the fretboard on a single string. Some of my favorite players, from Jimi Hendrix to Steve Vai, use this approach to great effect. 

Guitar players will often refer to moving up and down the board in this way as horizontal playing, as the lines are formed by the horizontal movement of the fret hand. By contrast, when one moves across multiple strings while remaining in one position, this is often referred to as vertical playing, also known as position playing. Last month, I introduced a chord progression to solo over: Am - G - F - E7. 

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Andy Timmons

Andy Timmons is a world-renowned guitarist known for his work with the Andy Timmons Band, as well as Danger Danger and Simon Phillips.