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Lead Level 2
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We have already looked at targeting with the
minor pentatonic scale.
Just a reminder though about targeting.
This style of lead we take notice of the chord
changes and match the notes of the lead to
each chord change.
This method of matching to chord changes can
be called “targeting” or “playing through
changes”. Though it is a new way to play solos
it is not necessarily the best way to play lead -
it is just another method or style. Some songs
sound good with no targeting, some songs
sound good with targeting. Even within one solo
you can do some targeting but ignore some of
the other chords.
You have heard and played targeting in such
"riffing" songs as Wipeout, Sunshine of Your
Love, etc. where the notes change to match
each chord change. We will now study
targeting in soloing or improvising.
Usually you will find that major pentatonic
solos are targeted. Generally minor pentatonic
isn’t targeted.
When playing the demo solos use the routine
for EVERY bar. This will
help you to hear targeting and again help to
see the chord and scale relationship. When you
just play the solos on their own you will still be
able to "hear" the chord changes because your
solo is targeting these changes.
Two ways to target are –
1. Change the scale and boxes to match each
new chord.
2. Find notes within the scale and box for
chord 1 that match each chord change.
In this method you actually change key for
each chord change.
This means you would change the scale and
boxes to match each new chord.
For a song in the key of A you would be playing
a solo in the key of A for the A chord (chord
1); change to the key of D for the D chord
(chord 4); and change to the key of E for the
E chord (chord 5).
You can either -
(a) move up and down the guitar using scales
and boxes based on the same chord shape, or
(b) stay in the same area of the fret board
and mix the two different sets of scales and
boxes based on the two chord shapes.
It still all boils down to either E or A shaped
scales and boxes.