Watch the 5 1 Move online guitar lesson by Brad Carlton from Guitar Lab: Riff Generator

This lesson covers the 5 to 1 move. Power chords are structures that involve roots and fifths and are very stable. That is because in terms of tonal gravity, the root is the strongest tone and the fifth is the second strongest tone. 5 wants to resolve to 1 both melodically and harmonically. Diagrams 1a through 1e show this melodic move plotted out on the entire fingerboard in the key of A. Each diagram is color-coded with the melodic formula in red and the rest of the diagram in black. The A minor pentatonic scale will be our point of reference in this lesson. You will be provided with two jam tracks in the key of A: a shuffle and a straight eighth groove.

In terms of pitch direction, you may move either up or down from the 5 to the 1. I will show you how to apply various techniques to this melodic move such as: picking, hammer ons, pull offs, legato slides, bends, releases, tapping, legato and staccato articulation, and octaves. In addition, I will show you how to develop solos using this melodic move as a theme.