You want to expand your horizons and explore different areas of your fretboard. The best way to achieve this is to force yourself out of the first box shape; there are infinite ways to do so.
Today's lesson will help you think of new ways to use your pentatonic knowledge to:
• Propel your soloing forward using chord progressions.
• Gain freedom of mobility on the guitar fretboard.
• Access voicings you've never tried before.
• Open an array of creative possibilities.
• Help you hit chord tones more consistently.
• Make your sound more melodic when improvising.
The principle of today's lesson: The principle is to play any progressions in different areas of the fretboard and then switch to the closest pentatonic shape for soloing! This will train you to easily use whatever shape is under your fingers instead of always jumping back to the comfort zone of the first pentatonic shape.
Disclaimer: Yes, this requires knowing your chord shapes, but even if you don't, this exercise will still hold its value.
Take any backing track and practice improvising using every pentatonic shape. For the sake of today's lesson, let's assume the backing track we're playing over is in A minor. (Progression: Am-F-C-G)
The training process you must go through is as follows:
• Stick to each position for at least 5-10 minutes before switching.
• When comfortable, start switching every couple of measures and so on
Check out @5:24 for a quick demonstration.
• Eventually, we want to be comfortable switching and improvising in all positions on command.
Go to minute @6:19 to check out the end result.
For the sake of today's lesson, let's stick to the same chord progression we were improvision over before: Am-F-C-G.
We want to:
• Choose an area on the fretboard.
• Find/practice playing the progression in that area.
• Then practice switching between playing chords and improvising in the respective pentatonic shape in that area.
Example 1: if we're playing the progression and the chords inside the area between frets 2 and 5:
• You would find your chords within that area.
• The corresponding pentatonic shape would be position 5
Check @2:18 for a quick demonstration.
Example 2: and now between frets 7 and 11:
• Again, you find your chords within that area.
• However, The corresponding pentatonic shape here would be position 2
Check @7:27 of the video lesson for a demonstration
From here on out, it's just rinse and repeat:
• Follow that same process on different areas of the neck
• Make sure you spend 10 to 15 minutes at least on each pentatonic shape
• Once you get comfortable, you can move around the different pentatonic positions.
• This will allow you to switch between lead and rhythm guitar seamlessly anywhere on the neck.
You can even take things a step further:
• Find your root note in this case, it's A
• Build the chord around that
• Deduce the relevant pentatonic shape
If you look at the chord shapes.
• Root on six barre chord outlines pentatonic position 1