This shows you how to solo over the following chord progression Cm7, Am7, Abmaj7 and G7. Use 3 simple CAGED scale shapes
to visualize the fretboard.
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This lesson is going to be on playing over chord changes. And these are quite difficult. The chords change the keys fairly quickly. So that’s where the power of these chords shapes, I mean the scale shapes that I had talked about in my coaching program really become—starts to become powerful. In this song we’ve got C minor 7, two chord of the B flat major scale, Em7, two chord of the G major scale, A flat major 7 is the fourth chord of the E flat major scale. And then the G7 is interesting. It’s actually a modified Gm7 which should be the three chord of the E flat major scale. So we just raise the B flat of the B. And so we really got three different keys there and then we can visualize three shapes and we’re going to stick to the 7th and 8th fret area.
And for the G7 we’re just going to modify the shape. So I'm going to play the tunes you can see it on the Fretboard. Okay so that’s shape two. And then you got shape three over Em7 and then you got shape 6 and then we’ll still have shape 6 but we’re going to raise the B flat up to a B. So there are three shapes to really think about and they are all on the same area of the Fretboard. So you can use this to improvise to help you switch from one chord to the next. This program is called guitar scales and that fit on using that. And the cool thing is it shows you the root notes for each chord so you can work on target. There are also the red ones and the yellow ones are the chord tones three, five, and the seventh of chord. So by target roots I can go—
I'm embellishing it. That’s the root, A flat again, here’s the G—
So just a little example there of how you can practice switch in between the shapes. You might want to just stick the two chords at a time just from Am7 to Cm7. Practice the shape up and down and then shifting it to the next shape when the other chord comes by I'm just going to stop this. Okay so, even though I used that guitar scale I'm trying to show you how those shapes show up on the screen. But I found that if you just look at the shapes it doesn’t really get in your brain you got to play each shape basically.
And then work on switching from one shape to the next and then focusing on chord tones within those shapes. So in the coaching program I talked about the five shapes. The beauty is you’ve got five shapes which are scale shapes and those shapes can be moved around to other keys. So when I talk about shape two or shape six or whatever, there's only five of them. And they basically are the same for any key just moving around the Fretboard. So I've seen people trying to learn a million scales and modes and get totally confused. This way, there's really only five shapes and then for the—I've talked about Gm7 to G7 you just take the shape six there. So if we go—
You just raise the B flat if you have this one here—
So you still got those five shapes in your head and you're just making some slight modifications to the scales, the scale shapes that I've talked about. Okay so I hope that it helps you see the scale shapes as they move form one chord to the next and let me know how that goes.