Simple Chord Progressions

author: Unregistered date: 10/04/2010 category: for beginners

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Many beginners start their guitar education by learning chords. I can't tell you how many beginners I know who know a ton of chords but have no clue what to do with them. In this lesson, I will explain how to applie chords in several basic sections. Section 1: Major Chords in a Major Key When you play in a major key, you have to put major chords together. They should be arranged with 1st interval, 4th interval, and 5th interval. For Example: Key of C: C,F,G Key of G: G,C,D Section 2: Minor Chords in a Minor Key When you play in a minor key, you have to put minor chords together. They are arranged just like majors. For Example: Key of Am: Am,Dm,Em Key of Em: Em,Am,Bm Section 3: Relative Minors The relative minor chord is the 6th interval. For Example: Am is relative to C Em is relative to G Section 4: Using Major and Minor Chords/Chord Substitution There are 2 things that you can do with relative minors. 1. Add them to your progression For Example: C,F,G becomes C,Am,F,G G,C,D becomes G,Em,C,D 2. Use them to replace their relative chord. For Example: C,Am,F,G becomes C,Am,Dm,G G,Em,C,D becomes C,Em,Am,D Section 5: Chord Embellishment/Variations Many chords have different variations. For Example: Cadd9 Gsus2 You can replace chords with their different variations. Section 6: The Seventh Interval (If You Want to Use It) Many people will say that this interval should be a diminished chord, but I prefer to make it a suspended chord. Whatever floats your boat will work. Section 7: The Last Section This is the last section. It is a good way to keep someone busy. The average person will waste fifteen seconds reading this section.
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