Here’s a cool technique that we can use to write a melodic hook, incorporate into our solos. I go through these small chord shapes or pieces of our scales on sets of two strings (1-2, 2-3, 3-4, 4-5, 5-6) in the key of D Major. There are two main shapes, I refer to them as “Major” and “Minor” but there are plenty of ways to look at them which I go through in the video. Here are the most common.
Major Shape (1-2 string set):
1) Part of the “D” shape, where the root note is the red note.
2) Part of the “Am” shape, where the root note is one fret above the red note, on the 3rd string.
Minor Shape (1-2 string set):
1) Part of the “Dm” shape where the root note is the red note.
2) Part of the “A” shape, where the root note is on the 3rd string, same fret as the red note.
Again, these aren’t the only ways to look at it, but this should give you inside onto how it works.
Try these in all sorts of keys/scales, have fun and give these a try over some of my Backing Tracks found below.
Tabs are available below.