Watch the Common Tone Connections online guitar lesson by Brad Carlton from Guitar Lab: ii V I Options

When you change chords underneath a static melody note, the analysis of that note changes based on the root of the prevailing chord. This lesson examines common tones between different chords when playing the ii V I progression. This is a great way to break the habit of thinking you have to play different notes all the time. Sustaining a note over various chords is a beautiful melodic tool.

This lesson will use diagrams 58, 62 and 68.