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Guitar progressions and using the A chord
Here's another guitar chord progression, this time you will be starting with the A chord on the 5th fret. Remember you can use the root 6 E type bar chords to play every chord along the Low E string. Look at the image below. Remember when you play the root 6 bar chord, the chord is determined by the note on the Low E string. If your not up on Bar chords you need to go back and review.
I want everyone to know that it is very important to learn these progressions and the bar chords used to play them. Practice them over and over again. Start to write words to them and songs will be born.
To play lead over these chord progressions you can go about it in a number of different ways.
You can play Am pentatonic over this and see what it sounds like.
Or you can play lead over the A chord by playing F#m pentatonic, root note fret 2nd fret, 1-4, 1-3, 1-3, 1-3, 1-4, 1-4. To make this sound good, start on the A note and play around the notes of the A chord. A chord, A, C#, E. This is the same fingering and pattern as the Am pentatonic at the 5th fret we have been learning. Every position of the Am pentatonic scale can be moved and played in other keys.
Play Bm pentatonic over the D chord, root note fret 7th fret, 1-4, 1-3, 1-3, 1-3, 1-4, 1-4. Once again, to make this sound good, start on the D note and play some of the notes of the D chord. D chord, D, F#, A.
Play C#m pentatonic over the E chord. Root note fret 9th fret, 1-4, 1-3, 1-3, 1-3, 1-4, 1-4. Make sure to play the E note and work around the notes of the E chord. E chord, E, G#, B.
Or you can just jam out in F#m pentatonic or A major pentatonic over these chords.
You can also convert the chords above to, A5, D5 and E5 and play Am pentatonic, Dm pentatonic and Em pentatonic over each of those chords. Or you can just jam out in Am pentatonic over A5, D5 and E5.
Try playing the same progression but use the open position chords.
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