16 Bars E Dorian Solo
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We see all our favorite guitar players using all these techniques, and learning this soloing exercise will vastly improve your guitar playing regardless of your skill level.
The tonality of this solo is E dorian, That is a D major scale with the chord progression set up where E minor is the home chord. Instead of the tonic note of the D major scale being the D note, its the E. The D major scale is D E F# G A B C# D. The E dorian scale is E F# G A B C# D E. The shift in the order of the intervals coupled with the chords being used gives the unique sound of the dorian scale.
Begin the solo with an E minor nine arpeggio in the twelfth position, moving into the second bar stretch your hand out to grab the wide intervals of the pentatonic sequence that moves down the scale. There is some use of the flat fifth degree here, giving you the bluesy vibe of this section. Bar three moves to the lower area of the neck using the D sharp as a chromatic passing tone. Measure four is a monster superimposed G major arpeggio with a major seven and the thirteenth in there to spice things up. The use of sweep picking, shifting, slides and legato will give you an awesome workout here.
The next section covers wide arpeggios with hybrid picking here, tons of work in this little section alone. Bars nine and ten covers a lot of E minor pentatonic double-stops, also using hybrid picking. Bars eleven and twelve utilize some country guitar flare with some open string licks. Support your third finger full step bend in measure thirteen. Bar fourteen uses the E blues scale, and some legato. The end of the solo covers some awesome legato playing with some two finger tapping to finish things off.
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