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Open Chord Progression D Cadd9 Em7 Cadd9 G
Accent beats one and four of each measure.
Pay attention to the 6/8 time signature.
This open chord progression is in a 6/8 time signature, which means that there are six beats in each measure and the eighth note receives one beat. This exercise also contains some chords with some extra tensions, or color notes added to a couple of the chords.
The progression begins with a open D chord in measure one, strum the chord with a down, up picking pattern. There is more than one way to count this pattern. I like to look at it as just simply one, two, three, four, five, six.
Bar two switches to a C add nine chord. You will often see this chord written like this Cadd9. This is a C chord with the ninth scale degree added in. The notes are C E G D. The chord shape looks a bit like a G chord, but in this case your first and second finger are on the fourth and fifth strings.
Measure three moves to an Em7 chord. You will often see this chord written out as Em7. Notice the your third and fourth finger stay in the exact same spots for this chord as the Cadd9. All you need to do to switch from the Cadd9 chord and the Em7 chord is to move your first and second fingers.
Bar four has a faster harmonic rhythm then the first three measures, There are three beats of the Cadd9 chord, and three beats of a G chord.
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