Using 4ths – "Memphis Skies"

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There’s some basic ideas using fourths with the E major
pentatonic scale over that same progression. That’s just
E major to A major triads. A neat way to do some really
melodic stuff that tends to be rhythmic, it tends to be
good source for parts or for little hook lines in the
course of the song, is to take those scales and play
them as double stops, play them as two note harmonies,
just using the notes out of the pentatonic scale. Or,
just take them down on the B and the E string.

These can be really good for, like I say, lead parts,
hook parts or creating little counter rhythm parts that
play well off of the basic rhythm playing. I’ll show you
how those things would work in context. So I’m going to
start with that first example. Just sort of a descending
fourths in that same scale. All right?

Now, here’s another one where you can just stay on your B
and your E string. Same kind of voicings. That’s just starting
here, moving down to the B, the 7th fret, 4th fret, 2nd, open.

The other thing you can do — and this stuff was really popular
with guitar players like Cornell Dupree, Curtis Mayfield —
work a little melody figure into your rhythm part.So real slow.

So there you have it. There are three ideas using fourths
in E major. You can do lots of other stuff just by being creative.