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Mixed Open And Bar Chords In D Minor
At a certain point for every guitar player you get to the point where you are comfortable with open chords, and you are want to get bar chords under your hands. The next step is to mix the two.
This chord progression in the key of D minor mixes open chord fingerings and bar chord fingerings. There is also a mix of eighth note and sixteenth note strumming rhythms. The first chord is a D minor chord. Notice the strumming rhythm in the notation, two eighth notes then eighth to sixteenths. Then sixteenth, eighth, sixteenth.
The last beat is four sixteenth notes. I am using downstrokes for the eighth notes and alternate picking for the sixteenth notes. The second chord is a Bb chord, with the same rhythm as in the first measure. Measure three is a F chord. Measure four is an A minor chord.
I recommend that you break up the measures into smaller pieces so you can get used to the rhythms being used. These are not easy patterns, but they are really common in most styles. Look closely at the rhythms in the last four bars, there are some tied rhythms. Notice how bar six the progression switches to two chords in every bar rather than one. Also, notice how bar six the chords switch on the downbeat.
In bar seven they switch on the off beat. This happens again in bars seven and eight. Take your time, start with small pieces and work on the rhythms. Use the backing tracks to play the patterns without guitar on the track!
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