Harmonically rich single note lines are embedded in many chord forms!
Certain chord forms can be arpeggiated to yield beautiful single note lines and then connected to make satisfying musical phrases. In this masterclass we’ll examine the shapes that translate best in making interesting single note lines.
All string sets will be covered over the entire fretboard using every chord quality. This practice helps the guitarist see the fretboard as “one big position” while giving important visual landmarks for both chordal and single note playing. The deeper a player gets into voice leading chords the easier it is to make strong harmonic connections via single note lines.
The other side of the coin is what I refer to as “Gradual Chords”. “Gradual Chords” often begin as a scalar single note line that builds as string crossing occurs. Each time a new string is employed a note gets added from the previous string.
The evolution of the chord begins with single notes becoming two notes sustained below a melody line. Then it becomes three notes sustained below a melody until we run out of fingers! So we arrive at a four note chord beginning modestly as single note run.
Open strings can always be added to get further interesting results.
Both of these techniques can dramatically affect the way a guitarist looks at music. The wall comes down between chords and single note lines so that the improviser can move freely and naturally between the two so that they really become one entity.
As always there are many pages of written examples that accompany each class.
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