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How to Solo over Shifty Chords (Guitar Lesson)


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Mike Keneally

How to Solo over Shifty Chords

Mike Keneally details his process for developing and executing musical ideas over a chord progression that never seems to repeat by looking at the solo section of his tune "Dee 'n' A" . Put your thinking caps on!

Taught by Mike Keneally in Keneally Retrospective seriesLength: 9:42Difficulty: 3.5 of 5


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thomasross20thomasross20 replied on October 3rd, 2015

To me this is the holy grail. It's why I also struggle to play jazz. I come from a rock background where I've worked largely on technique and simple modal ideas over simple progressions. Here.... the chords are king and my brain cannot compute being able to change scale every other chord - to me it would have to be an arpeggio type of approach. I watch in awe....

dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied on January 25th, 2014

at a quick glance, it didn't look like the word "shifty" (NOT a knock on the lesson)

allen.vanwertallen.vanwert replied on January 31st, 2014

LMAO! I thought the same thing

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