Melodic Movement in E

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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About the Author

Hi, my name is Charl Coetzee and playing guitar was never second nature for me. I’ve had to work hard to get to where I’m at today and I’ve learned some incredible things along the way that I’d love to share with you. I’ve never had a proper job and I’ve been playing guitar for a living since I’ve left school. I have a Bmus Hons Degree in music, and I’ve interviewed and learned from the world’s greatest guitar players like Joe Satriani, Buddy Whittington, Joe Bonamassa and loads more.

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