Hey there faithful readers! In this second installment of Finger Twisters, I would like to examine, or shall I say re examine soloing over the I IV V progression. Now I know what you are all thinking: not another article discussing blues licks! Rest assured loyal guitar practitioners, this is not the case with this months blog.
This exercise, or finger twister, is once again a moveable arpeggio pattern but will be in the key of G major for this exercise. The first measure is an ascending I chord/arpeggio of the major scale which extended out (1 3 5 7) is a major 7th chord/arpeggio which is a G major 7th chord/arpeggio (G,B D,F#). The second measure is a descending IV chord arpeggio which is also a major 7th chord and is a C major 7th chord/arpeggio (C,E,G,B). The third measure is an ascending V7 chord/arpeggio which spells out a D7 chord/arpeggio (D,F#,A,C). And lastly, to end up back where we started, we have the descending I chord/arpeggio again which is the G major chord/arpeggio (G,B,D,F#).
As I stated above, these are moveable patterns so you can play it all over the fretboard. Try them in the keys of A, C and Bb major for example. Be creative with it. It does stand alone as a great finger, string skipping, alternate picking, get from one end of the fretboard to the other exercise thang but if you incorporate some of the ideas melodically into your lead playing next time you are jamming a I IV V with some fellow musicians and or bandmates, you will definitely come up with something new and fresh on your way to discovering your own voice on the instrument which, at the end of the day, is exactly what my column is about. I left suggested left hand fingerings out for this reason. I want you to find out what works best for you. As always, practice this with a metronome slowly and eventually build up to a faster tempo.
I want to thank each and every one of my readers for checking out my column over the past year and special thanks to the staff of guitarworld.com for this opportunity. I wish you all a Happy And Healthy Holiday season. Now pick up that guitar and play, just like yesterday everyone.