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I-VI-II-V D Major
This chord progression is designed to help you connect common major and minor chords, using both open and bar chord vocings. This is an awesome thing to have under your hands so when your playing with another guitar player you have options to play different voicings. This progression is I VI II V in the key of D. So the progression is D Bm Em A.
This chord exercise is based off of the first, sixth, second, and fifth chord in the key of D. If you look at the notes in an D major scale you have D E F# G A B C# D. Build a chord from the first, sixth, second, and fifth note in the scale. You get and D chord (D F# A) a B minor chord (B D F#) a E minor chord (E G B) and a A chord (A C# E)
The first chord is the standard open version of the D chord. The B minor chord is a bar version from the second fret.The E minor and A chords are the open versions. The lower set of bar chords begin on the fifth string version of a D bar chord from the fifth fret. Then moves to the B minor bar chord from the seventh fret, sixth string. and the D minor bar chord from the seventh fret, from the fifth string. The A chord is played on the sixth string on the fifth fret. The higher set of bar chords are on the tenth fret sixth string, and then changes to the fifth string on the fourteenth fret, the twelfth fret sixth string for the E minor. The A is on the twelfth 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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