In this lesson we’ll be learning how to create melodic movement using some cool modern sounding open string shapes.
We checked out the chord voicings in a previous post and now we’re adding some melodic movement.
We’re still using a 4 1 5 6 progression in the key of E.
Here are some of the chords you’ll be learning: Amaj9, Amaj7#11, E5, Emaj7, Badd4, Bsus4, C#m7, and C#m9.
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Alright so our 4 1 5 6 progression in E will be A E B C#m. Those chords are cool but what if you want to spice them up a bit?
Let’s check out a few options...
Variations for A are three different versions of Aadd9:
Variations for E are E5, Emaj7 and Eadd9, respectively:
Variations for B are B11/A and B7sus4/A, respectively:
Variations for C#m are C#m7, C#m9 and C#m11, respectively:
So now with these new chord shapes and a basic strumming pattern, here’s our riff:
That’s pretty awesome ’cause now you have interesting chord shapes along with some cool melodic movement.
So the next time you’re playing in the key of E using the 1456 chord shapes, try adding these shapes and melodic movement in your playing for some fun new sounds!
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