In Deep: More on How to Turn Improvised Phrasing Ideas Into Memorable Solos

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In last month’s column, I discussed a variety of phrasing techniques that can be applied effectively while creating improvised solos—for instance, starting each phrase from a specific chord tone, such as the root, third or fifth of the “tonic,” or “home key.”

We used as our rhythm track a chord progression along the lines of the classic Allman Brothers Band song “Melissa,” with the improvised solos based on both the E major pentatonic (E Fs Gs B Cs) and E major hexatonic (E Fs Gs A B Cs) scales. This month, I’d like to expand upon our exploration of phrasing approaches and use the A minor pentatonic (A C D E G) and A blues scales (A C D Ef E G) as played over a rhythm part along the lines of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Cold Shot” (Couldn’t Stand the Weather).



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Andy Aledort

Guitar World Associate Editor Andy Aledort is recognized worldwide for his vast contributions to guitar instruction, via his many best-selling instructional DVDs, transcription books and online lessons. Andy is a regular contributor to Guitar World and Truefire, and has toured with Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers, as well as participating in several Jimi Hendrix Tribute Tours.