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 the 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.