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Ballad Guitar Soloing
In this GuitarBlog episode I not only introduce a number of great ballad progressions for lead practice, but I'll also be spending a lot of time playing lead (improvising) over them.


When it comes to "Guitar Ballads" there are a number of common harmonies that guitarists should become familiar with. In this episode, we'll look at four extremely popular chord progressions which will organize some of the most widely used "Guitar Ballad" harmony movements.


Video - PART 1: Example one takes a look at the common descending harmony of a Minor key, "I - VII - VI," chord movement. This minor harmony is applied to dozens and dozens of songs. Example two, uses the chord changes from the Jeff Beck piece "Cause We Ended as Lovers." This is a very popular minor key harmony that moves, "I - VI - IV - Ima." It's a fantastic minor key idea that is a lot of fun to solo over.


membersVideo - PART 2: In the second half of the lesson, (available with the lesson handout in the members area), we switch tonality into a, "Major Blues," feel in the key of, "C." Our chord movement tracks the chord progression of Eric Clapton's, "Bell Bottom Blues." Here we find a chord harmony of, "I - IIIma - VI - I - IV - V - I." The other nice idea happening in Clapton's progression is the descending diatonic bass-line.


Our final example moves across the harmony of the Pink Floyd classic, "Shine on You Crazy Diamond." This ballad brings in the use of 6/8 time. Along with this unique triple-meter time signature, this minor key ballad also introduces a "#VII major" chord, (raised VIIth major). Soloing concepts take on a powerful new perspective with the shift of the "VII-chord" quality found in this ballad progressions harmony.


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PART ONE: In part one, the initial focus is placed upon working on melodic picking drills covering two and three string studies. The exercises are given in the 16th-note triplet feel. Later, the drills are expanded to include a greater number of guitar strings using both four and five string exercises. The drills become more challenging, and are shown as both triplet and straight time 16th-note durations.

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