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Watch the I IV Progression online guitar lesson by Brad Carlton from Guitar Lab: Vertical Soloing

We continue our study of "vertical soloing" in this second set of lessons. Learning how to "see" all of the chord tones in a single "vertical" position is essential for learning how to play and improvise over chord changes. Of equal benefit, you are forced to break away from your comfort zone, visual routines and old bag of licks. In short, vertical soloing is your key to busting out of the rut and accelerating your knowledge of the fretboard.

This first lesson covers the I IV and V chords in various configurations with both the roots of the chords in the bass and the chords played over a pedal tone. You will learn chord forms with their related arpeggios, pentatonics and modes.

Our first progression is a I IV progression in the key of A. You will learn all five forms of the caged system for this vamp. Next will be the arpeggios for each chord, then the major pentatonic scales and finally the entire major scale. Common tones are examined as well as the notes that change in a I IV progression when using pentatonics. Various arpeggios are also presented as a means to isolate subgroups of the entire mode.