Learn how to spice up a simple phrase with parallel 5ths
In the first measure of the example below I slide up to the notes A, B, and then C. I am playing them over an A minor chord, and in this context we are thinking of the notes as derived from the A minor scale.
In example 2 (second measure) I am still in the same key (A minor) but I chose to also play a note a 5th higher than each of the notes to create a more interesting sound. By doing this, I introduce an F# on the 11 fret of the G string. Although F# is not in the key, if played briefly in passing it will still sound fine. As long as you are not sustaining the note very long you can play a 5th above any note in the key that you are in. This is a very easy tool help add interest to the listeners ear.
Notice the “shape” of the 5th is the same shape as a simple power chord. You could think of this concept as quickly playing a power chord one note at a time on any note in the key.
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