#1
Hey, I'm new to theory, but not to guitar, and I wanted to get something right.

I was looking at some threads in the EG forum, and I came under the impression that soloing over a chord means that you can only play notes that are in that chord.

Like...say I was soloing over an A minor chord, does that mean I can only (in theory) play notes in the A minor chord? Or any notes in the A minor scale?

Hopefully all of you get the jist of what I'm saying. If you have any questions I will try to explain it further.
#4
Quote by jpburns88
any note in the a minor scale would work over an a minor chord.
You mean any note in an A minor scale, right? Obviously you can play more than just one scale over an Amin chord. An A minor chord has the notes A, C, and E, so just about any A scale that has those notes will work. Some will sound better than others though, thats all.
#5
Quote by Say Ocean
Noooo not at all. You don't even have to play the notes in the A minor scale necessarily.



i simply said that any note in an a minor scale would work. i didn't say they were the only ones that would work, but they will work. he could use a dorian, phrygian, chromatic scale. he has tons of options, but chances are if the issue is "what can i play over this chord?" and the chord is a simple minor triad, he probably hasn't gotten to a point where he can start going into more modal territory.

For an A minor chord, you can play an a minor scale. There are others you can play as well, but this is a good starting point.
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#6
Quote by rockguitar84
You mean any note in an A minor scale, right? Obviously you can play more than just one scale over an Amin chord. An A minor chord has the notes A, C, and E, so just about any A scale that has those notes will work. Some will sound better than others though, thats all.


sorry for the double post, but i did mean THE a minor scale. there is only one A natural minor scale. There are scales that fit over an A minor chord, but they are not all called A minor scales.
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#7
The 1-3-5 notes of the chord build the melody. Well, you could add a 7th, 9th for the feeling, you could add some riff inside you made up. Chords make you feel a lot more free that scales (at least in my case).
"The end result - the music - is all that counts"
#8
Quote by felixdcat
The 1-3-5 notes of the chord build the melody. Well, you could add a 7th, 9th for the feeling, you could add some riff inside you made up. Chords make you feel a lot more free that scales (at least in my case).


see and i think this is where the TS got confused, The concept of playing inside the chords.
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