28 January 2008

Blues Guitar Lick #12: IV Chord Major Pentatonic

Today's lick shows you an example using the I major pentatonic scale to play licks over the IV chord. The lick is played over a D IV chord in a blues in A. Here's the lick.

D (IV) D (IV)
& 2 & 3 & 4 1 & 2 & 3 & 4

The lick uses notes from the A major pentatonic scale within the A bar chord form at the 5th fret.

In the first bar the lick climbs up the major pentatonic to the F# note at the 7th fret of the B string, the scale's 6th. This note is also the major 3rd of the D chord. The example slides up to this note, but you could also use a bend or play the F# directly. In any case give the note a little vibrato for emphasis.

The second bar echoes the lick using notes from the same position. The ending note is again the major 3rd of the D chord.

Ending phrases on the major 3rd like this supports the harmony. This technique helps to give your soloing a feeling of movement as it follows the progression's chord sounds.

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