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I-VI-II-V C Major
Strum one measure of eighth notes on each chord with alternate picking.
Try keep the chords all connected, with no dead space between the chord changes.
This chord exercise is based off of the first, sixth, second, and fifth chord in the key of C. the V chord in this progression has a flat seventh added, a very common scale tone that can be added to chords. 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, sixth, second, and fifth note in the scale. You get and C chord (C E G) a A minor chord (A C E) a D minor chord (D F A) and a G seven chord (G B D F)
The first four chords are the standard open versions of the C, Am, Dm, and G7 chords. The lower set of bar chords begin on the fifth string version of a C bar chord from the third fret. Then moves to the A minor bar chord from the fifth fret, sixth string. and the D minor bar chord from the fifth fret, from the fifth string. The G7 is played on the sixth string on the third fret. The higher set of bar chords are on the eighth fret sixth string, and then changes to the fifth string on the twelfth fret, the tenth fret sixth string for the D minor. The G7 is on the tenth fret fifth string.
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 four chord sets, then connect them as you get more comfortable. Because you’re playing the same four 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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