Guitar Chord Progression #13

I’ve been playing around with descending chord shapes over the past few days. Many guitarists know the E and A form barre chords, but few experiment with chord shapes that descend from the root/bass fret. You can get some very nice voicings from these shapes, as demonstrated below…

A major 7 (Amaj7) movable chord shape

A major 7 (Amaj7) movable chord shape

A 7 suspended 4 (A7sus4) (open high e)

A 7 suspended 4 (A7sus4) (open high e)

A major 7 (Amaj7) movable chord shape

A major 7 (Amaj7) movable chord shape

E minor 9 (Em9) (open low E)

E minor 9 (Em9) (open low E)

By alternating the open A bass with an open E bass, this provides us with a convenient way to variate the sound of these shapes. Of course, if you’re playing with a bassist, they will most often define the bass note for you, but on your own it’s something to think about more consciously.

When the open A or E strings are compatible, give them a pick and see what effect they have on those movable shapes. Just by adding a new bass note, you can change the whole feel of the chord.

 

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