FINGER TWISTERS PART TWO: RETHINKING THE I IV V PROGRESSION

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.

RR

 

Richard Rossicone

About Richard Rossicone

Richard W. Rossicone is a veteran of the New York City and Long Island original and cover band scene. He has been playing guitar since the tender age of 8 years old when he attended his first concert, KISS and saw Pete Townshend smash a guitar. He has studied with various instructors over the years which led him to a career in Music Therapy. He began his educational journey at Queensboro Community College where the faculty there opened up a new world to him by introducing him to classical music. He received his A.A. in Fine Arts in 1997 and from there went on to receive his B.A. in Music Therapy in 2001 and his M.A. in Music Therapy from New York University in 2004. He has been Board Certified as a Music Therapist since 2002. Hungry to learn more about different styles on the guitar, Richard decided to continue his studies at C.W. Post University pursuing a second Masters Degree in Classical Guitar Performance and Music History in early 2006, studying under Harris Becker. In addition to his “day job” as a music therapist, he has been teaching guitar, piano and theory part time since 2002 and in 2006 started his own company called Rossicone Music Studios. Richard has grown his business from 15 students a week to over 50 a week at this present time. Richard is also a contributing blogger to GuitarWorld.com and GuitarAficionado.com Check out his blog page entitled The Complete Guitarist and visit him on Facebook at Richy Rossicone’s Complete Guitarist Page.
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