Superimposing "IV-Chord" Licks Over the "I"

In just about every style of modern music — from rock to blues, funk, soul, country and metal — there will be occasions where you find yourself soloing over either a single-chord groove or a “I-IV” (one-to-four) vamp. A standard “jazz” approach is to reference chords other than the “one” chord while soloing, which serves to offer the soloist a wide range of musical possibilities and “colors” while also surprising the listener by pulling their ear in different and often unexpected directions.

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Andy Aledort

Guitar World Associate Editor Andy Aledort is recognized worldwide for his vast contributions to guitar instruction, via his many best-selling instructional DVDs, transcription books and online lessons. Andy is a regular contributor to Guitar World and Truefire, and has toured with Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers, as well as participating in several Jimi Hendrix Tribute Tours.