I am feeling funk-y.
Anyway… today’s progression highlights a couple of things to think about when jazzing up your chord progressions. First, take a listen:
So, a simple little funk piece that makes use of those extended 7th chords. All these chord shapes are movable (no open strings), which allows us to use a jumpy rhythm by lifting off the fretboard (but not the strings), effectively muting the strings as we strum.
You’ll also notice I add in an extra minor 7th chord in between Am7 and Gm7. This is a common way to link two minor chords a whole step apart (another way is to use diminished chords – most common in jazz).
Try and add extra notes to these chord shapes, using available fingers. You should be able to find a nice harmony to give progressions like this more of a lead phrasing. Don’t forget, to make the fingerings for these barre chords more efficient, you can cut them down, freeing up more fingers to add in tones from surrounding frets.