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Moving Shapes, Breaking Rules

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Red Haired Boy > Moving Shapes, Breaking Rules

This week I’ll be showing you another approach to navigating through the G and F chords on Red Haired Boy (or any other tune like it).

While you can just play a G mixolydian scale (G, A, B, C, D, E, F) over both chords, there are other options that might sound more colorful or surprising. The basic idea for this lesson is that you can just play 2 different scales over the 2 different chords. So for example, you could play a regular G major scale (G, A, B, C, D, E, F#) until you reach the F chord, at which point you would switch completely to an F major scale (F, G, A, Bb, C, D, E) for the 1 measure until the chord returns to G. When you play an F major scale you are including a Bb note (Bb is the 4th of F) which is distinctly different from the B natural that your ear is expecting. It’s colorful and your ear perks up.

We’ll illustrate this by looking at a Tony Rice solo where he uses this technique. Also, it bears mentioning that you can mix and match the scales used. Try G mixolydian over the G chord and regular F major over the F. Or you could use G mixolydian and then F mixolydian. They will all have their own unique tonal colors. Get in there and try it out!






Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Improvisation With Moving Shapes


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 0:429 Breakdown of Soloing With Moving Shapes

Loop 10:20 Practice Track




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Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Dec 13, 2017


When navigating down the neck and you play this bit twice, I assume you then play a "B" section twice. For instance, say I'm picking this tune and I start out the tune by playing what you taught in the 1st lesson, and then play the second lesson "A" and "B" sections and then move on to this down the neck ... do I finish with this plus the "B" section? Or maybe you've got that in store for us next ... IDK just wondering.

Edit: Never mind - you're doing it in the rhythm track so that answers that.


Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Dec 17, 2017

Hey Kip, sorry if that wasn't clear! Yes, the form is AABB.

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