#1
Hi there,

I am stuck, I want to improvise solos over 'I put a spell on you' by CCR, apart from pentatonics, I don't know what to play. I have some modal knowledge and arpeggios but I just don't know what to play and over what chords? The progression is;

Em Am Em Am Em D7 Em Am Em Am Em C

Any help would be really appreciated!!
#2
The song's very much in E minor - you should very much use the E minor scale.
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#3
E aeolian? Some modal knowledge actually means not a lot of modal knowledge!!!
#5
Wtf? This had absolutely sod all to do with modes.

Use. The. E. Minor. Scale.

I can't really make it any more straightforward than that.
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Wtf? This had absolutely sod all to do with modes.

Use. The. E. Minor. Scale.

I can't really make it any more straightforward than that.

To be fair, I had a chuckle at the inaccuracy of the mode post.

TS, the song's rooted in the key of E minor, presenting you with a pool of notes:

E   F#    G   A   B   C    D
I   II   III  IV  V   VI  VII


You may wish to target chords tones together with each chord as a basis (for example, exploiting E, G, B, and if desired extensions such as the minor seventh, D, or ninth, F#, over the E minor chord; A, C, E, and its minor seventh and ninth of G and B respectively) as a means of retaining consonance in your soloing.
It's also worth looking for common tones between adjacent chords - notes shared between them - as a means of joining phrases fluidly, or even isolating a single chord on loop at first, as a means of establishing some basic phrases; which could be transposed or otherwise manipulated to operate over successive chords.
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