Soloing Concepts

Soloing Concepts by Jody Worrell is a free guitar lesson that will teach you different ways to solo over a chord progression containing Am7 and D7 chords. We could use the Am Pentatonic and the Am Blues Scales to solo over this progression. However, those scales don’t really outline the harmony of both chords. The A Dorian Scale or A Dorian mode contains all the chordal tones for both chords.

We’ll start off by taking a look at the A Dorian Mode.

In the images below we highlight which notes in the A Dorian Mode are also featured in the Am7 or D7 chords. By playing one of these notes on the downbeat of the chord change you can really hear the song in the solo itself.