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Block Chord Soloing (Part 2)

Extensions

Now that we’ve looked at the main block chord shapes for major, minor and dominant chords, it is time to add extensions to those chord shapes. Extension are color tones that doesn’t change chord function. These notes will be used on the melody as well as inside the chords. Here’s the extension we are going to add:

  • 6th, 9th & 11th for minor chords
  • 6th & 9th for major chords
  • 9th, 11th & 13th for dominant chords

I suggest that you compare the chord forms used in these exercises with those from the previous lesson and try to identify color tones. The chord forms you will see in these examples will be the forms we will favor over the next ‘block chord’ soloing lessons. I have included as much forms and melodic movement as possible from different famous guitarists.