Solo over “My Funny Valentine” with Diads
If you’re like most guitarists, you probably resort to 4 part voicings most of the time when playing chords. Who knows, occasionally you might even play some triads…but do you ever play diads?
I believe that diads, which are simply 2 note chords,are underrated among most guitarists. Yet they are much easier to use than their 4 or even 3 part counterparts when harmonizing a line. Due to the fact that they only occupy two of our fretting fingers, we can employ the remaining ones to execute hammer-ons and pull-offs from diad to diad. In addition, they are the ideal comping resource when we guitarists have to share the stage with a keyboard player who insists on saturating the harmonic landscape with 2 handed voicings sometimes spanning various octaves. In these instances I believe “less is more”, thanks to the magic of diads.
Want to know more about diads? In this video lesson I demonstrate how to derive them from several scales and I teach you how to use them to improvise over the changes to My Funny Valentine. I also explain how to use “passing diads”, as well as 2 note hammer-ons and pull-offs, so you can spice up your solos with some fresh sounding textures!
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