Guitar Chord Progression #8

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:

F major 9 (Fmaj9) movable chord shape

F major 9 (Fmaj9) movable chord shape

D minor 7 (Dm7) movable chord shape

D minor 7 (Dm7) movable chord shape

A minor 7 (Am7) movable chord shape

A minor 7 (Am7) movable chord shape

G minor 7 (Gm7) movable chord shape

G minor 7 (Gm7) movable chord shape

C9 suspended 4 (C9sus4) movable chord shape

C9 suspended 4 (C9sus4) movable chord shape

E flat 9 suspended 4 (Eb9sus4) movable chord shape

E flat 9 suspended 4 (Eb9sus4) movable chord shape

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.

Have fun!

 

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One Response to Guitar Chord Progression #8

  1. richard says:

    chords with open strings compared to bar chords for me really makes the progressions come alive

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