Improv with “I iii iv V” Progression | Hub Guitar

Improv with “I iii iv V” Progression

Introduction

In this improvisation lesson, we'll turn our sights on the I–iii–IV–V chord progression in C major.

The Chord Progression

It’s always a good idea to make sure you can play along with the chords before you start improvising along with a track.

IIIIminIVV
CEminFG

How to Play the Chords

Materials to Use

This track is suited to pentatonic riffs as well as the C major scale generally.

C Major

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c natural
f natural
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e natural
b natural
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d natural
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f natural
c natural
g natural
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e natural
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C Pentatonic Major

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d natural
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c natural
g natural
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d natural
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c natural
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Backing Track

Now let’s put it all together and play along with the track.

Exercises

  • Play the chords C, Emin, F, G along with the track.
  • If you know any other versions of these chords, try those instead.
  • Play the C major scale along with the track, in time.
  • Play the C major pentatonic scale along with the track, in time.
  • Develop 2-3 short melodies using the scales. Each melody should consist of 5-10 notes. Play the melodies with the track.

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