This Micro Lesson explores the use of the Major Pentatonic along with triad chords to create a fun "Folk-Rock" riff in the key of "C Major."
The riff begins by playing across a melodic passage from the "C Major Pentatonic Scale." Starting from the note of "G" (the 5th chord tone of the underlying C major chord), we run down the notes descending then ascending.
This leads us into an "A Minor" chord. The tonality shifts here briefly to establish the "A Minor" color. The relative "A Minor Pentatonic Scale" is used to generate a smooth guitar lick incorporating a bend, which then resolves into the "A."
In the final measure the phrase turns around by applying both the IV and V chords (F and G major). Take your time building the phrases, and use a metronome to build speed. Enjoy!
Micro Lesson 179: "C Major" Folk-Rock Riff