Major Key Concepts for Lead Guitar

Major Key Concepts for Lead Guitar

Learning to perform lead guitar parts in Major keys is not only fun - it produces some of the most pleasant ideas we can have in music. 

When a guitarist can understand scale and arpeggio techniques used to develop these Major key sounds their playing will flourish...

Depending upon what style of music you're performing and where in a song you need to place a lead guitar part, Major keys are quite often the less popular key to deal with - at least compared to Minor keys. 

Guitar players are generally first exposed to playing lead guitar parts using something like Minor Pentatonic or the Blues Scale. In the early days of, "lead guitar development," (when we come across Major ideas), guitarists will often feel a little "outside" of their element in dealing with the Major Tonality lead guitar ideas. 

In this lesson, we're going to study the use of Major key concepts for Lead Guitar. It's an important topic covering one of the most popular tonalities we find in almost every style of guitar playing.

PART ONE: In the first example, we have the application of our 7-tone major scale targeting the tonic and the major third. This example is composed in the key of, "A Major," and contains a melodic phrase that targets the, "I, VI V," progression.

Example two ventures into the, "Major Pentatonic Scale," with a phrase that focuses on the wider intervals of this scale. Our melody is once again built in the key of, "A Major," and also adds the unique passing tone of a minor 3rd, (C).

PART TWO: Example three focuses on the concept of diatonic arpeggios in the key of, "E Major." These are the arpeggios that are directly related to the key center. Just as chords are related to the harmony of a key, so are the arpeggios. In this example, diatonic arpeggios cover the; tonic chord, the VI-chord, the IV-chord, II-chord, III-chord and the V-chord.

Example four focuses on one of the most balanced applications of the arpeggio sound, which is chord tracking. This technique uses arpeggiated chord phrases to, "outline," chords of an underlying harmony. The key of, "E Major," progression is traced chord by chord using arpeggiated lines that link directly to the keys harmony.

Major Key Concepts for Lead Guitar

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