Cover image for Guitar improvising : a systematic approach to soloing
Guitar improvising : a systematic approach to soloing
Reed, Scott (Guitarist)
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Pacific, MO : Mel Bay Publications, [2002]

Physical Description:
103 pages : illustrations, music ; 30 cm + 1 CD (4 3/4 in.).
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
MT588 .R376 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

On Order



For all guitarists interested in improvising, the material in this method can apply to any style of music. This integrated approach to soloing provides numerous musical examples promotes an understanding of the theory behind improvising, and also promotes better visualization of shapes on the fingerboard through the use of fingerboard diagrams. The material presented in this comprehensive book ranges from fundamental concepts such as understanding modes and scale and chord relationships, to the application of various scales, arpeggios, and chromaticism. In addition, more advanced areas are explored, such as combining scales, using extensions, and superimposing. Includes standard notation and tablature as well as fingerboard diagrams. The included CD demonstrates many of the examples in the book.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 3
Understanding the Modesp. 4
Why They Are Called Chord Scalesp. 9
Arpeggios or Chord Tonesp. 15
Pentatonic Scalesp. 20
Incorporating Modes into Blues and Rock Improvisingp. 23
Expanding the Fingerboardp. 26
The "Chord - Scale" Approachp. 30
Mixing Pentatonics - Mixing Elementsp. 34
Shifting Key Centersp. 36
Introducing Chromaticismp. 39
Aiming and Joining Techniques for Chromaticismp. 41
Adding Chromatic Notes to Scalesp. 43
Chord Extensions and Extended Arpeggiosp. 45
Minor Keysp. 50
The Harmonic Minor Scalep. 55
More About Extensionsp. 59
Minor Bluesp. 61
Superimposingp. 63
Soloing Over Chords with Extensionsp. 73
A Minor Key Approach to Altered Chordsp. 76
Mixing Keysp. 81
The Melodic Minor Scalep. 84
The Diminished Scalep. 86
The Half-Whole Diminished Scalep. 89
The Whole Tone Scalep. 91
Combinations Using Whole Tone and Diminished Scalesp. 93
Combining Elementsp. 96
Appendix I Mode-Arpeggio Guidep. 98
Appendix II Scale-Chord Relationshipsp. 101