This progression features 4 chords in the key of F, but we’re not actually playing an F chord.

Since we never play the tonic (F), there is some unresolved tension. Within the context of a full song, this progression works well as a verse section or bridge that eventually resolves to an F chord, but is also a cool (and simple) progression on its own.

Since this progression starts with the 2nd chord in F (G minor), a <em>G Dorian</em> mode works well over it.

If you’re new to modes, a G Dorian scale is theĀ F Major scale, but just starting (and ending) on the 2nd note.

Practice Recipe Steps:

  • Practice the chord progression using the example chord voicings.
  • Practice the arpeggios to focus on the chord tones (the notes that make up each chord) of each chord.
  • Use the 2 scale positions to practice soling over the progression. Be sure to focus on the chord tones while playing over each chord.