And if we put it on guitar: And add those open strings: Try playing both options, with and without open A string. It isn't so dissonant. So now, instead of regular Am, B dim, C, Dm, Em, F and G chords, we've got those thirds with open first 2 strings. They hold a bit more of personality. Let's try playing some chord progressions with those chords instead of regular ones. I prefer using clean channel, or acoustic guitar for these exercises. Use whatever strumming pattern or fingerpicking you like. Example 1 Am Am Em D Let's replace the chords: Note that I changed 1st melody line on second round. You can change whatever melody line you like. Actually, I advise you to do that right now! Take that exact same chord progressions, and change each melody line in each direction that seems melodic to you!!! Example 2 Am C Bm (this should be Bdim, but Bm just sounds better) D Let's replace the chords: Now that we explored those options, let's see how the idea looks on whole neck! First chord is original, and the second is from our 'new progression'. Take a look only at those chords and work them out. Another thing that you can do is to 'invert' the fingering: Now you get a whole set of new chords! Let's go back to those examples now, and implement those chords instead! Example 3 Am Am Em D You will often need to change additional melody lines to make the chord progressions more melodic, since in basis, you play only Perfect Unison, and Perfect Fifth, which both are neutral degrees, and may sound... boring, all by themselves. Of course, you can try playing Sixth instead of Fifth degree, and see what comes up then. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this article, and take as much benefit as you can from it. And of course, learn which chords you got with this approach! Official Josip Pesut site Enjoy playing Josip's 'Licks of the month'! Subscribe to newsletter to get free guitar lessons, notices about new videos and many other bonuses! Thanks For Your Support!
Unisons: A, B, C, D, E, F, G Thirds: C, D, E, F, G, A, B