Relocating Melodic Passages

One fingerboard shape can be relocated to other areas creating new melodic lines. This simple idea can help players build lines when soloing or composing much faster than simply relying on full scales alone.

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When we use a concept of what we'll just call, "Shape Playing," we really only need to be aware of the key signature and that's pretty much about it! The shape we employ will take care of the rest. Using his approach is essentially low on music theory and quick to apply using only technique & your musical creativity! In the video lesson I begin by explaining the simplicity of this concept upon a guitar neck diagram. Then, I move onto the fingerboard with a live demonstration to show how a single shape can relocate and take on new melodic contour. This shape-based method, has very little focus placed upon specific patterns of arpeggios or modes. However, it can quickly and easily be used to invent new melodies on the neck by relocating patterns from the full-scales. All you'll really need to have down is the basic major & minor scale shapes. Once you come up with one melodic statement, simply analyze the fingerboard geometry of that shape, then scope out other regions of the neck where shapes such as your original seem to correspond. Sometimes all of the notes won't line up, but that's fine too. In the end, if the phrases sound cool, then why not use them, they probably are cool! Watch the video on YouTube:

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