This Micro Lesson works through a Soul /R&B chord progression in the key of "F Minor."
The chord harmony operates almost exclusively from the minor key's I-IV-V progression format. The only other chord included is the key's IV-Chord of, "Db maj.7."
The chord harmony applied in this progression is only one segment of this genres style. One of the most popular concepts involved with this style is the mix of playing through parts using both chord changes, as well as, filler licks to highlight the measures.
In measure one, the tonic chord of "Fm7" enters first. The next beats contain a lick that fills space into the next bar. The second measure begins once again with a chord.
This time it's the V-chord of "Cm7." Another lick idea supplements the "Cm7" chord, (as we'd seen in measure one with the tonic chord). In measure three we find a much busier chord groove covering the IV-chord, V-chord and the VI-chord.
Measure four contains another filler lick that acts more as a turnaround phrase to help the progression repeat and loop. If the chord shapes are new for you, learn them separately. You can strum the chords, or apply Hybrid Picking Technique. Or, use a combination of both. You can build your feel for the groove and the speed with a metronome. Enjoy!
Micro Lesson 192: "F Minor" Soul /R&B Progression