Guitar Chord Progression #2

A simple, 3 chord, ii – V progression. I was strumming this late last night and it sent shivers up my spine! The open 9th (B string) on the Am chord really gives it that cold, distant quality, which plays off the warmer tension of the D7 chord.

As there’s no real resolution to this sequence, it feels gracefully lost, far from home. Or perhaps it’s just a bunch of chords stuck together… I don’t know.

A minor 9 (Am9) open chord

A minor 9 (Am9) open chord

D9 open chord

D9 open chord

D9 suspended 4 (D9sus4) open chord

D9 suspended 4 (D9sus4) open chord

Listen:

Ideas for this chord progression:

  • Try swapping the D9 and D9sus4 chords around.
  • Sounds really nice finger picked.
  • If you want to resolve it, try G major or Gmaj7

Any other ideas? Let us know – leave a comment below.

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One Response to Guitar Chord Progression #2

  1. GreenAsJade says:

    I’m finding it gains some sense of resolution if I play Am9 D9sus4 D9 _but_ play the D9sus4 with a B in it: leave the B string open.

    Again, I have no idea what this makes the chord into, but I think it brings added resolution because the ear hears you “adding” the D on the B string, as if it comes down from the high E string, when you play the D9.

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