Em to G Embellishment Riff

In this guitar lesson, we're going to cover an embellishment riff that I like using in songs that have an Em to G major chord change.

This riff comes right out of the E pentatonic minor scale, which hopefully you're familiar with by now. Why E pentatonic minor? Well, the chords in question are Em and G, so those overlay perfectly with the Em scale. However, if you take a look at the notes that are being used, you'll find they also are found in Root 5 B minor diatonic scale as well, which is relative to D major... which is the key the example chord progression is found in.

Personally I find it just a little clearer in my own mind to relate to it from Em, but either way is technically okay. Probably the B minor scale makes more sense to most people.

In case you want to play along, the chord progression I demonstrated this with is just D A Em G A.

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Understanding your chords and how they integrate with your guitar scales is the key to finding riffs like this one. I recommend my Guitar Scale Patterns lesson as a great place to start.

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8 Responses to “Em to G Embellishment Riff”

  1. Rick April 19, 2012 at 3:49 am #

    JONATHAN WHAT MODEL TAKAMINE IS THE GUITAR YOURE USING.

  2. Scooga April 20, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    Hey what's up JB. I've been pay close attention to your emails and things are becoming much clearer even though i play the bass the chord progressions are correlated. I can play a bunch of songs (300) that's easy but knowing what's going on inside the is hard and i won't to thank you for making things clearer. PEACE!!!!!

  3. revdrdark May 8, 2012 at 12:33 am #

    Thanks for all the protips, man.
    Always like to add the little flourishes to keep the proven grooves interesting.

  4. terry7170 April 15, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    I've been going to the sites you gave and all I get is blogs, no lesson.

    • Jonathan Boettcher April 16, 2013 at 10:12 am #

      Hi Terry, I’m aware of this problem and I believe it is only on older versions of Internet Explorer. We’re trying to fix it, but in the meantime I would recommend upgrading to the most recent version of Internet Explorer, or else use FireFox or Chrome or Safari instead.

  5. Dan May 5, 2013 at 9:07 am #

    I don't seem to pick up your lesson threw my computer......It was working a while ago.....Now I just get the comment section.....What up????

  6. Douglas March 5, 2015 at 6:02 am #

    Great ideas. A very useful lesson. Thanks and have a wonderful day.

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