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(@wwdog60)
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Hi This is wwdog69,Im new to the forum so bear with me please,my question::: Lets say Im playing a song, just the chords ,and I want to jazz it up alittle with some lead notes,how do I know what notes will go with the song,, lets say Im playing the song in the key of G. Hope you understand this,Im just a beginner. Thanks


   
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(@alangreen)
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You're going to need some notes from the Scale of G.

The major scale is a good starting point, as is the major pentatonic scale. Head over to our lessons pages - we have oodles of stuff about scales.

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(@peaveyusa)
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Play through the pentatonic scales untill one sounds right. You will know when it does. It will harmonize with the track, other will sound loose or tight, but theres one that will fit just right.


   
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(@askaguitarpro)
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Hi This is wwdog69,Im new to the forum so bear with me please,my question::: Lets say Im playing a song, just the chords ,and I want to jazz it up alittle with some lead notes,how do I know what notes will go with the song,, lets say Im playing the song in the key of G. Hope you understand this,Im just a beginner. Thanks

To really jazz things up, you could play the G major pentatonic or G major scale over your G Major chord and then make some substitutions when other chords are introduced. What other chords would you be playing? Maybe an E minor chord? If so, try playing an E Dorian Scale when your E minor chord is being played. The E Dorian Scale has mostly notes from the key of G Major, but has one "outside" of that key....a C#, adding a cool twist. Give it a try....let me know!

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