Watch the Chordal Riffs & Fills online guitar lesson by Ray Nijenhuis from Western Swing Guitar Guidebook

Now we'll look at using minor triads in major and dominant 7 chords. Depending on the line up you're playing with or the setting you're in, you may want to have a few other options than playing strictly rhythm. When there is another guitar or tenor banjo playing rhythm, there is more freedom. Chordal riffs and fills will provide you with tools to play string or horn section-like layers. Three-part harmony like a "guitar/mandolin/lap steel" section, but played all by yourself. It's great for using behind a soloist or for specials, intros, and endings. The basic idea is the use of familiar minor triads over major and dominant 7 chords for that lap steel "major 6" flavor.