Guitarist Cameron Mizell

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Chord Tones and Playing The Changes

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Many of my guitarist students come to me wanting to play better solos. They tend to stick to one scale they know well, often the minor pentatonic scale, or they just use their ear to find notes that sound good, or they regurgitate the same licks they learned at some point. To break out of that rut, it helps to understand a little music theory.

In this video I answer two common questions: What are chord tones? What does it mean to "play the changes"?

Understanding these concepts and learning your way around the fretboard are fundamental steps in becoming a better, more musical guitarist. This video is unscripted--originally meant for just a few people--but I decided to go ahead and make it available for anybody that's interested. Feel free to ask questions in the comments below.

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If you found this helpful, please see my other guitar and mandolin lessons on this blog. I am also available for private guitar and mandolin lessons in NYC or via Skype.

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