Soloing On The Imperial March Chord Progression From Star Wars

Tommaso Zillio

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One of the best way to improve as a lead guitar player is to improvise over chord progressions. This is one of the reasons why Jazz standards exists, but we are not going to do Jazz here ;)

This is not just "improvising over a backing track": the difference being that you need to know the chords of the progression when you improvise on it and pay attention what you play.

For the simplest chord progressions you may just want to make sure that you are targeting chord tones.

Things get more interesting if you need to change key/scale, and in fact we guitar players have used the vast repertoire of Jazz standards to get interesting chords progressions to solo over.

But not everybody likes Jazz! So today we take a different approach: we take a chord progression from the Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme from Star Wars, written by John Williams) and we see a few soloing options for that chord progression.

100% guaranteed to not sound like a Jazz standard, but just as useful and fun:

Are there other chord progressions that you don't know what to play on and would like to see a video on? Let me know by writing it in the YouTube comments.

If you liked this video and you want to know more about your scale/arpeggio options on ANY kind of course progression, together with creativity and improvisation exercises that will help you become an original guitar player and make the music YOU want to make, have a look at the Master of the Modes guitar course


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