in the Box
a Major Place
General, Private, we's talkin' Majors!)
seen this first box twice before now and I
recycle it here yet again just for the sake of
continuity for those who may cruise past this
page first. This is the basic minor
pentatonic box with the addition of passing tones
and other chromaticisms. I may have said this
before, but the guitarist should experiment with
other notes surrounding the 'pattern' as the
guitarist's own aesthetics and musicality -- and
creativity -- may find other sonic gems outside
my little diagrams.
To the right is a
new wrinkle. I call this a major box. Starting on
second fret, you will see two black dots and a
red dot on the fourth, third and second string.
This is an a major chord that every guitarist
uses on a daily basis, and is the locator point
for the diagram. In other words, if I wished to
use this pattern in the key of C major, I would
move that entire pattern up to the fifth fret. I
reluctantly say that you can tie this box to the
"A" position barre chord (which it
truly does) but confusion may arise since
although the three notes on the fifth fret
indicated by the black dots on the fourth and
second string and the red dot the third string
outline the triad, the guitarist most often cues
this chord by the position of his first finger on
the third fret. Once again, looking at this
diagram, black dots indicate pattern notes, the
red dots are tonic and blue dots are what I
consider to be good passing and color tones.
left is the 'transitional' d major box that I
used as a suggestion of a place to run when the
I, IV, V progression move to the IV chord. It can
be also moved up two frets when the progression
swings to the V chord. Not always, and not always
necessary, but it is available in certain
circumstances. Analyze the three diagrams,
overlaying the diagrams in your mind. It is
easier (though more confusing) to plot out the
notes that can't be
used in the key of A major and minor. Think about
it though. There really aren't any 'wrong' notes.
Even a strong dissonance is musical and useable
if it is prepared and resolved correctly!
here's your freedom from the box: Use these box
patterns when the pressure is on and you have
almost no ideas flooding into your head. Don't
get all condescending and sneer, every real
guitarist will tell you they've had brain-fade at
the wrong moment--like at the start of a long
ad-lib section of a tune. On stage.
these diagrams as very sketchy roadmaps and use
them to help work out your own signature riffs
and licks that you can then use as building
blocks to craft an interesting, tasty and
apparently spontaneous 'ad-lib' solo.
the box is a necessary discipline to help the
guitarist play around the box, through the box
and ultimately totally outside the box.
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