Improvising with Polygonal Shaped Tetratonics

by | Courses, Jazz Improvisation

In this lesson I share with you a hidden fretboard resource for improvisation!

I’m sure you agree with me that the guitar is a very visual instrument and many players take advantage of this feature to recall certain chords and scale patterns.  With that in mind, in this week’s lesson I am going to show you a shape that repeats itself throughout the fretboard.

It’s a 4 note polygonal shaped arpeggio extracted from the melodic minor scale. As a result it can be used to visualize and create improvisational lines that fit over several chords that we encounter in the jazz standards repertoire. The resulting sound is reminiscent of post bop guitarists such as John Scofield and the late John Abercrombie.

So check out the video and be the first one on your block (…or maybe your entire city?) to improvise using  Tetratonic Polygonal Shapes!! (LOL)


The “Improvising with Polygonal Shaped Tetratonics” Files can be downloaded for $10.00 (buy me a cup of coffee & a snack?). Your contribution is much appreciated, as it helps support the site and allows me to keep investing the long hours required to produce these lessons. The download includes:  6 PDFs with both regular notation and TAB, an MP3 of the sequential exercises, an MP3 of the 8 II-V-I’s,  and 2 Band In A Box files with all the exercises and licks.

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  1. bertrand gallaz

    Can’t download! After paying by Paypal, this bring me to the links for the Slonimsky lesson!?

    • bertrand gallaz

      Ok I’ve figure it out now.

  2. Glenn Dong

    Got it printed out. My issue was Chrome wouldn’t able to allow me to download via Acrobat. Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. Btw, nice topic!!!

  3. Glenn Dong

    Just purchased 4 note polygon shapes. Can’t seem to download the total PDF files. Could only download the first page. Any suggestions? Thanks, GD

    • Richie Zellon

      It is a 6 page PDF. There is no way to download just 1 page as they are adjoined together as 1 file. When you open it up in Adobe Acrobat please be sure to scroll to see the adjoining pages. If you still have problems contact me directly.

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