From Scales to Solos – Zonal Improvisation on Guitar
Turn Scales into Solos!
If you ask anyone who’s been playing guitar for a while how to turn scales into solos, you’ll likely get a variety of answers. They’ll tell you to learn licks, work on your arpeggios, even learn your favorite players’ solos note for note. While this is all good advice, I’ve had some particularly stubborn students that wanted to go beyond that; they wanted to be able to improvise using any scale up and down the fretboard, but at the same time break free from those deeply-ingrained scalar lines and patterns. It was then that I suggested zonal improvisation; by working in reduced areas of the neck with specifically designed patterns, they were soon able to create melodic, flowing lines that didn’t sound at all like scales–they sounded like real music!
This is the approach you’ll find in this book. We dissect 15 of the most common scales, beyond the pentatonics, and break them down into zones which can be practiced either by scale, or for any particular scale across the fretboard.
The objective of this book then is to provide a structured reference to make the transition from playing scales to playing, improvising and creating musical lines when soloing. It’s aimed at the intermediate to advanced guitarist looking to be able to improvise confidently and freely on the instrument in a wide variety of styles. It is also aimed at guitarists that want to move beyond rote pentatonic/blues soloing and incorporate other scales and modes into their playing, as well as building up a vocabulary to solo fluently over chord changes.