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I-IV-V C Major
This chord exercise is based off of the first, fourth, and fifth chord in the key of C. If you look at the notes in an C major scale you have C D E F G A B C. Build a chord from the first, fourth, and fifth note in the scale. You get and C chord (C E G) a F chord (F A C) and a G chord (G B D).
With this progression you’re playing through the three chords in three different areas of the guitar. I like to look at it as the open set of chords, the middle set of bar chords, and the higher set of bar chords. Now there are many more voicing possibilities on the neck, but these three main areas are the most common, and is a really good place to start.
With this key we are using the same F chord in the open set of chords, and the lower set of bar chords. There isn’t an open version of an F chord.
If your are unfamiliar with these chords, you will find it challenging to connect all these voicings. If that’s the case, practice them in three chord sets, then connect them as you get more comfortable. Because you’re playing the same three chords across the neck you can even practice the three sets of chords separately with the videos at the different tempos.
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