When learning to play jazz guitar, outside soloing concepts are a must know for those that are comfortable with outlining basic chord progressions diatonically.

This lesson demonstrates 2 outside soloing concepts using the same substitution. The soloing concept used in this lesson is moving up the minor 7th sound a semi-tone twice over a ii-V-I.

A ii-V-I is used to demonstrate the outside soloing concepts, but they can also be applied to a static chord, such as the ii minor 7, which is particularly useful in modal tunes like So What.

For those that have not come across outside soloing concepts before, playing outside means implying harmony not found within the diatonic chord.

In one respect, jazz soloing techniques such as tritone substitutions and altered scales could be thought of as playing outside.

 

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Outside Soloing Concepts Substitution

 

The chord chart below demonstrates the original chord progression and the substitutions that are used.

 

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The outside soloing concepts are particularly noticeable over the V chord due to the alterations against the harmony.

Bb Minor Dorian notes in relation against D7:

Bb (b13), C, (7), Db (#7), Eb (b9), F (#9), G (11th), Ab, (#11)

Most of these notes have nothing to do with the chord in content, but work well with both of the outside soloing concepts taught in this lesson.

B Minor is the secondary relative minor of Gmajor7 so most of the harmony does not clash.

 

Outside Soloing Concept 1 – Rising Semi-Tone Motifs

 

The first example demonstrates how a strong outside line or motif will work if it resolves well.

The motif that I have used in this example is the Honeysuckle motif, a popular jazz soloing technique.

The honeysuckle rose motif is used in it’s original form against the II chord, A minor 7, and is then moved up a half step over the V chord, and finally a half step again over the I chord.

 

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Outside Soloing Concept 2 – Voice Leading Scales

 

Besides using motifs, a great way to incorporate outside soloing concepts is to voice lead scales. The scale used in this example is the minor pentatonic and the pattern comes from one of my modern jazz guitar licks.

The exercise that is used to connect the scales in this example comes from this article.

The first outside soloing example moved one idea up the guitar neck horizontally, whereas this example stays in position, resulting in the outside playing sounding a little smoother.

 

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I hope that have enjoyed checking out this breif introduction to outside soloing concepts and have found it useful.

Check out this free ii V I in G backing track and practice using these outside soloing concepts for yourself.

Remember that any strong melodic idea or minor scale can work, the idea and logic behind the line just needs to make sense.

What are some of your favorite ways to play outside? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

 

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