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Triad Improvisation

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Hello Everyone,

This week we’re going to look at a way that you can use actual triads to play a solo in the style of a steel guitar player. My inspiration for this particular arrangement is the great pedal steel genius, Vance Terry. (As an aside, you should really check out the Jimmy Rivers record Brisbane Bop which features Vance Terry. Soooooo soooooo good.) This solo basically doesn’t have any single notes, but by hearing the top notes of the triads a melody shines through, but with additional coloration underneath each melody note. Try to take a moment and analyze each chord as you play through this. Where is the root, what chord is being played, what are the other notes. Of course you don’t need to do that to be able to play the solo, but that process of coming back to consider what the chord is and how it’s built will really help your understanding of the fingerboard.

Cheers!

Chris

 

p.s. Here’s a link to Jimmie’s Blues from Brisbane Bop. The 2 steel solos are 2 of my favorite improvised solos of all time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc8Ogmuaqpk

 

 

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Bluegrass

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Solo Using Triads

 

Download the Sheet Music PDF

 

Loop 0:25 Breakdown of Improvising Using Triads

Loop 24:35 Practice Loop with Chris Playing Chords

 

 

 

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Markus Rapke
Markus Rapke Jun 17, 2019

Hi Chris,

off topic! What do you think, is this baby worth a buy? I am pretty far away from Nashville, so maybe you played one out of this series? Martin D28CWB.

https://cartervintage.com/collections/martin-acoustics/products/martin-d-28-cwb-clarence-white-2002

It's not that I am unhappy with my Collings, but.... I am sure you understand :-)

 
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