Embellishing Chord Progressions
— Key of A

In this lesson I’ll be going over how to spice up a simple chord progression. A I – IV – V – I chord progression in the key of A would be A – D – E – A. Rather than just playing the simple open or barre chords, I’ll give you some ideas on how to add in some snazzy notes.

I’ve intentionally not included any tab because, instead of just learning the exact riff I played, I’d rather you understand the concept of using scales with your chords. So, I’ve included the scale diagrams below.

A Major Pentatonic Scale

This scale was used over the A (I) chord.

a-major-pentatonic-scale

A Major Scale

This scale was used over the D (IV) chord.

a-major-scale

E Major Pentatonic Scale

This Scale was used over the E (V) chord.

e-major-pentatonic-scale

1 thought on “Embellishing Chord Progressions <br>— Key of A”

  1. Thank you! It is refreshing to see someone explaining what the “parts” (notes on a scale) are before trying to teach people to create things from “parts” they do not understand!

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