Chapter Six

Chord Progressions

Rock and the Blues: The theory we have learned thus far in this chapter applies to most types of music. However, rock and blues often have some distinct characteristics.

Basic rock and blues progressions frequently consist of the I, IV, and V chords of a key. Numerous hits by Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton, and rockers from Chuck Berry to the Beatles have been derived from variations of the I, IV, and V chord sequence.

A is always a good key in which to begin, especially on the guitar. Playing the A and D chords in the second fret allows the A and D strings to ring openly, which adds greatly to the effect. Practice the following until you can play along without missing a beat.

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Rock and blues rely heavily on minor chords and minor 7th chords. They are typically played as bar chords on the guitar because they can be moved up and down the fret board with minimum left hand fingering.

The following gif's show the fret fingering for minor chords and minor 7th chords. The student is encouraged to practice playing the I, IV, V chords in the below fingering. There are also numerous examples of blues guitar in the beginning guitar section. Unlike some types of music, blues and rock thrives on improvising. Do not hesitate to try something new. And of course have fun while you are doing it.



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