Please forgive me in advance if I am using the wrong terms to describe something, I am not a professional musician.
Sometimes I can play a song notes on the guitar (same notes the singer sings) and it fits perfectly to the chord progression as it goes on and I play part of chords and add the singer's notes to make a richer sound.
I am constantly moving to play the next chord or part of it and adding some notes as the singer sings (in that chord pentatonic scale) and it sounds perfect. for example, I got this to work for me for example in a Bob Marley's song "Soul Rebel"and it works perfectly. part of the time I am strumming part or full chords and in the other part I am "filling in" the notes the singer sings. but it always works only for the specific chord in the chord progression.
What I am trying to understand is why doesn't it work on all songs? it seems to me that sometimes the chord progression is far off from the song notes although it still complements it, since they are all in the same key right?
for example, I can't play the chords or parts of them and the notes (in those chords) the singer sings to make up the song of Bob Marley's: "Redemption song"the notes might fit at the first chord as it starts with the words: "Old pirates" on a G chord and I can be on the G pentatonic scale. but then it changes to Em which the notes of the song do not fit the Em scale at that time (or they do but they sound bad?), the best sound I get is keep playing the notes on the G scale. and playing the chord progression (on another guitar for example) regardless. This is totally different with what I'm doing in the first song I mentioned I really play it well, and I play the notes of what the singer sings while strumming part of the current chord in the progression and adding more notes as the singer sings (fits the pentatonic scale of each chord while the progression goes).
what is it that I am missing and if there is a specific lesson I should take I would greatly appreciate if you'll tell me what it is.
Edit: "Rockin Cowboy" really got what I was asking and offered ways to try to solve the problem (as trying chord alternatives and a capo)
- I just want to know now what is the theory behind this and if there is something that can be learned that will make it easier to understand and controlled.
- and if anybody else know any other methods to try to solve the problem?
I am also thinking about uploading some videos demonstrating the ease for the first song and the "impossibility" in the second one. but that will take me time to get it done, uploaded and shared.
Can't thank you all enough!
Second Edit: OK! Please excuse my ignorance but it seems I found the right name for what I am looking for! apparently it's called just plain "Fingerstyle". PLEASE take a look at this YouTube clip, it represents exactly what I am doing (and what is not always working for me- sometimes it works for me flawlessly and in other songs I can't move past the first chord!)
apparently the guy who plays is a master in doing covers in fingerstyle guitar.. his has tons of videos as these in his channel.
I am talking about this kind of playing and even a little more full chords sounds. please tell me what is the theory behind what is going on in this case, and what are the scenarios one could face trying to play different types of songs and if there are known ways to approach them.
let me just also mention that I am playing a classical guitar and I am used to finger-style playing far more then using a pick. I can also add that I've been playing for many years and I don't have any technical difficulty in playing in this style but I don't know the theory behind it.
I found some information at Wikipedia about fingerstyle, I quote:
Music arranged for fingerstyle playing can include chords, arpeggios and other elements such as artificial harmonics, hammering on and pulling off with the fretting hand, using the body of the guitar percussively, and many other techniques. Often, the guitarist will play a chord and melody simultaneously, giving an advanced feeling of depth to the song. Fingerpicking is a standard technique on the classical or nylon string guitar, but is considered more of a specialized technique on steel string guitars and even less usual on electric guitars.
again, I Can't thank you enough! so happy I came here!