Improv with “V IV I” | Hub Guitar

Improv with “V IV I”

Introduction

In this improvisation lesson, we'll play a V–IV–I chord progression in G major. This track is a bit upbeat. It will likely sound familiar to you.

The Chord Progression

VIVII
DCGG

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
a natural
e natural
b natural
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G Pentatonic Major

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a natural
e natural
b natural
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g natural
d natural
g 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

When you’re ready, play the chords and scales along with the backing track.

Exercises

  • Play the chords D, C, G 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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