Improv with upbeat “I vi IV V” | Hub Guitar

Improv with upbeat “I vi IV 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 upbeat. You'll hear this progression in many guitar-based popular songs of the 90’s.

The Chord Progression

Before jamming along with a backing track, be sure to play the chords as a warm up.

IVIminIVV
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How to Play the Chords

Materials to Use

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

G Major

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g natural
c natural
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b natural
f sharp, g flat
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a natural
e natural
c natural
g natural
d natural
a natural
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b natural
f sharp, g flat
d natural
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e natural
b natural
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G Pentatonic Major

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e natural
b natural
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g natural
d natural
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b natural
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a natural
e natural
g natural
d natural
a natural
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Backing Track

Put everything together with the backing track.

Exercises

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