Playing Johnny B Goode
What arpeggio do you use - major or dominant 7th?
I'm finding that major works ok on the I and IV chords and dom 7th on the V (all with 6th added), but I can't find a reliable lead sheet.
I rarely, if ever, use the 7 in that tune. It's usually more like a:
1 - 3 - 5 - 6 - 8 - 6 - 5 - 3
When I get to the V chords (two bars), I play:
1 - 2 - 3 - 5 and 1 - 2 - 3 - 1
When you walk up to the 7th on the V cord that can easily be timed to be hitting the root of the IV...ie 1,3,5,6,(7)Root of 4.
The V chord doesn't go to the IV chord in Johnny B. Goode.
Johnny B. Goode is 12-bar blues progression with the exception
that there are two V bars (i.e. V - V instead of V - IV).
Johnny B. Goode
I I I I
IV IV I I
V V I I
Many moons ago, I had a stab at transcribing Willie Dixon's line in the original. This was as far as I got:—
Make of it what you will.
FWIW we do that song a lot......
I have the best luck with using the major pentatonic scale.
We do it in the key of A.
Basically root, M3rd, 5th, 6th, 8th(octave), 6th, 5th, M3rd, repeat, depending on root chord. In the short areas stay with the root, M3rd, 5th.
Stick with keeping that one simple. Don't overthink it.
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