Melodic Soloing With Chord Tones & Triads (Guitar Lesson)

Chord tone soloing lesson that will help you create your own melodic solo (includes a lot of tips on melodic phrasing, repetition, intervals, and more!). Download the lesson PDF here:

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About this video

In this video, you’ll learn to find basic chord tones by thinking in triads. This works over any chord progression. By adding those sweet chord tones to your guitar solos, you’ll sound more melodic, and the listener will feel the harmony of your song better. This video includes an analysis of another solo on my channel. Concepts that are present in this video: chord tones, triads, visualizing on the guitar neck, melodic phrasing, repetition & variation. In

Full Solo

You’ll find the full guitar solo here.

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The melodic solo is built around chord triads. When I improvise, I usually reference a pentatonic scale and add triad patterns on tap. Triads are easy to locate on the guitar neck and they contain the basic chord tones. In the video, I focus mostly on major triads. Below, you’ll find the minor triad patterns (E minor chord).

E minor triads
Jam Track (2021 remixed & remasterd)

If you’re interested, I offer a high-quality version (CD-remaster) of this guitar jam track that you can use in your Youtube/Soundcloud/Instagram/Social media videos:

Gear
  • Guitar: Suhr Modern Pro HH
  • Amp: Victory Duchess V40
  • Pedal: Crazy Tube Circuits Black Magic Mk2
  • Mixed with plugins from Plugin Alliance

Bluesy Funk Soul – Jam Track in Gm

Enjoy this bluesy funk soul jam track in Gm. It fits the funky guitar solo I posted earlier. I remixed & remasterd the track to give you a lot of space to improvise! Download this free chart of the G Dorian mode if you’re unsure what notes to play:

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Funk 'stabs'

Funk tracks are great to learn and improve your rhythmic timing. Try to play these ‘stabs’ (=short, dramatically emphasized notes) at the right time. This part of this bluesy funk-soul track is inspired by 70s TV themes like ‘Shaft’.

About The Track

When we look at the harmony of this track, it is a 12/24 bar blues, with a minor I chord. This brings a Dorian flavor to the track (G Dorian).  

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I offer a high-quality (WAV + MP3) download of this bluesy funk soul jam track that you can use on your own social media channels. Get it here:

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Bluesy Funk Soul Guitar Solo in Gm

Enjoy this bluesy funk soul guitar solo in Gm, called ‘Look Ahead’. Tabs here:

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About the track

This track is inspired by groovy funk soul tracks from the seventies (for instance: James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Temptations, Albert King, and TV themes like Shaft). I highly recommend to listen to these artists to find inspiration for your own, groovy funk soul guitar solo! The chords in my track follow a basic 12 bar blues with a minor 1 chord (G minor), which adds a Dorian flavor to the track, well suited for a funk track! 

Featured Lick
Classic blues response lick

I really love how blues musicians use call-and-response style licks. One of my favorite, classic ‘response’ style licks is this blues lick in G minor pentatonic. Play it with energy and emotion! In this funk soul guitar solo, I play it around 1:48 (in the video), when the Hammond organ crescendoes to transition to the IV chord.

Gear for this funk soul guitar solo:

I really enjoyed producing this track, although programming a VST instruments ‘groove’ is quite the challenge. There is a great book on how the great James Brown rhythm sections constructed their grooves and how it evolved through the decades, so this was a huge inspiration to write this track and funk soul guitar solo.

Here is all the gear I used:

  • Guitars: Gibson ES-335 (lead), Suhr Modern Pro (rhythm) 
  • Amp: Fractal AX-8, with an Autowah preset.
  • Effects: Eventide Spring, Soundtoys Phaser Mistress (only in part B)
  • Virtual instruments: -Bass: Spectrasonics Trilian -Drums: Steven Slate Drums 5.5 -Keys: XLN Addictive Keys Mark One, Arturia B-3 V2 -Brass: East-West Hollywood Pop Brass, -Violins: East-West Hollywood Strings
  • Extra loops Loopcloud.com
Do like the 80s more than the 70s?

Check out my 80s TV-theme guitar solo here.