8 Guitar Progressions Every Guitar Player Must Learn

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8 Guitar Progressions Every Guitar Player Must Learn

Some of the guitar chords illustrated below, are going to be played in the open position. What does playing guitar chords in the open position mean? When you strum an open position guitar chord, you might have some notes in that particular chord, that you don’t fret, but are strummed along with the fretted notes. The open notes, are shown with an (O) next to the chord. The (O) indicates that particular string is not fretted, but strummed open. For example, if you were to strum the C major chord, illustrated below, you would only finger 3 notes, and there are 2 notes that are not fretted, but strummed with the chord.

There will also be barre chords included in the progressions below.

The best way to learn how to play guitar chords, is to play them in some type of form. A great way to learn how to play songs, is to learn how to play a guitar progression. One of the most popular guitar progressions is called a I, IV, V progression. This represents a 1, 4, 5 progression.

If you were to play a I, IV, V progression in the key of C major, you would be playing the guitar chords of C, F and G. 

A quick explanation will be given here to explain the I, IV, V progression in the key of C major.

The notes and chords in the key of C major are: (C = I)  (Dm = ii)  (Em = iii)  (F  = IV)  (G = V) (Am  = vi)  (B =vii)  C

So, a I, IV, V progression in C major would be:

The C = the I 

The F = the IV

The G = the V

The progressions that start with a major guitar chord will be:  I, IV, V progressions  

The progressions that start with a minor guitar chord will be:  i, VI VII progressions.

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