Andrew Wasson of Creative Guitar Studio answers questions from off of his Guitar Blog website.
Q). I was wondering about something you said from an old video. How a part of our guitar practicing should be improvising, and that we need to learn how to solo in at least three main tonalities. Well, I looked up tonalities and all I could find is that there's two, (Major & Minor). Can you tell me what's the third tonality and can you also cover the best way to get started making up guitar solos. Ken – Indianapolis, IN. USA
A). In Classical Music-theory we will find tonality separated between; Major and Minor. However, in Contemporary music theory and in Jazz theory, we tend to associate the Blues tonality as a separate third tonality.
The Blues tonality applies the use of Dominant 7th chords to the: 1st, 4th and 5th harmonic degrees of the scale. In this video lesson, I demonstrate how to go through a "fun to practice" approach for incorporating an improvisation routine covering the: Major, Minor and Blues Tonalities.
Video lesson (with on-screen TAB):
Guitar players can use triads in a very horizontal "along the neck" method to practice working on soloing for the three main tonalities. This approach is both easy and fun to do, (all the while producing interesting jam-tracks for improvisation study).
The most popular tonalities faced by improvisers will tend to be the, "Basic Major" tonality, "Natural Minor" tonality, and the "Blues" tonality. Once a player can perform simple improvised solos over each of these tonalities, their playing will greatly expand and they gain a much higher sense of musical ability.
About the Author: Andrew Wasson is a 1992 Graduate of Hollywood California's Guitar Institute of Technology (G.I.T.). He has operated his Canadian Music School; Creative Guitar Studio, for the last 20+ years... teaching thousands of guitarists both in studio sessions, and through his popular YouTube Channels and websites. Hundreds of FREE lessons are available at www.andrewwasson.com.