Playing Johnny B Goode

Discussion in 'Tablature [BG]' started by Misterwogan, Feb 9, 2013.


  1. Misterwogan

    Misterwogan

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    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.
  2. warnergt

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    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
  3. Misterwogan

    Misterwogan

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    Thanks for that.
  4. Zootsuitbass

    Zootsuitbass

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    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.
  5. warnergt

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    Why would you do that?
    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
  6. Misterwogan

    Misterwogan

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    That's correct - from the final V it's back to the I.
  7. Deathblade Eric

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  8. BayStateBass

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    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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