Improv with “I vi ii V” | Hub Guitar

Improv with “I vi ii V”

Introduction

In this improvisation lesson, we'll turn play a I–vi–ii–V chord progression in C major. This track is a bit slower-paced.

The Chord Progression

It’s always a good idea to learn the chords before you begin playing. You may want to warm up to the track by playing the chords first. This will help you get the rhythm and structure in your head.

IVIminIIminV
CAminDminG

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
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d natural
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C Pentatonic Major

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d natural
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c natural
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Backing Track

Ready? Time to put it to work with the backing track.

Exercises

  • Play the chords C, Amin, Dmin, Gmaj7 along with the track.
  • If you know any other versions of these chords, try those instead.
  • Play the C major pentatonic scale along with the track, in time.
  • Play the C major 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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