Guitar Chord Progression #10

Today’s progression is a little unconventional, if only for one jarring chord movement.  It reminds me of something Blur might have done, as Grahame Coxon often made use of those slightly misplaced barre chord riffs…

A major open chord

A major open chord

F sharp minor (F#m) movable chord shape

F sharp minor (F#m) movable chord shape

D major movable chord shape

D major movable chord shape

A flat major (Ab) movable chord shape

A flat major (Ab) movable chord shape

A major open chord

A major open chord

F sharp minor (F#m) movable chord shape

F sharp minor (F#m) movable chord shape

C major movable chord shape

C major movable chord shape

E major movable chord shape

E major movable chord shape

The role of that oddly positioned A flat major chord interrupts that comfortable and predictable sequence formed by the first 3 chords. As the A flat major chord is a half step down from the tonic A major chord, it acts as a kind of “leading chord”. You’ll find this technique being used a lot in blues and jazz. Making that chord a dominant 7th can enhance its role as a more interesting alternative to a diminished leading chord.

You can obviously replace the C and D major barre chords with their open chord equivalents for a fuller sound, but I imagined this being played quite dirtily, accompanied by a pounding rhythm, so using barre chords tightens up the attack nicely.

 

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2 Responses to Guitar Chord Progression #10

  1. rick says:

    harmonic minor stirs me

  2. Sky1RN says:

    Great, Great lesson!!! I can apply these the different genre I play. Thanks…

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