Another incredibly popular key for guitar-oriented music, and music in general, is G Major. We’re going to see another scale option for many of the chords we’ve already covered in Part 1
and Part 2
, which I recommend trying out to see which ones you like. The reason I’m putting up these tutorials is for those that just want to play rather than wading through a ton of theory before allowing themselves to do so, and this is perfectly valid. Due to the nature of the instrument and fact that we’re able to pattern everything out, this is perfectly doable. I understand that not everyone has 6+ hours a day to practice guitar, so the idea here is make the time you do have available as productive as possible.
Here are the three patterns you’ll need for the key of G:
If you want to use the notes on the first three frets, you’ll find them in the third diagram above but with these three patterns, you should have more than enough notes to cover any soloing situation. If you’re comfortable with these patterns, try shifting between them and playing in a more horizontal fashion to link them up. The idea here is that they eventually become one unit in which you can freely move around.
Here are the chords you can use these patterns over. Remember if you have a vamp or random major and minor chords in isolation, you’ll always have three options to play over them (for example, you can play either F Major, C Major or G Major over an Am vamp – each one giving you a different minor sound). If the chords in your progression all belong to this key, you can wail over them to your heart’s content with the above patterns.
Backing Track Test
If you like wailing over backing tracks, look for ones that are strictly in G Major or E Minor. The chords in these backing tracks will be the ones in the circles above – see if you can work them out.
In Part 4, we’ll look at another incredible useful key – the key of D.