Do you want to learn the basics of chord progressions so you can be a better songwriter and guitar player? Then this is the book for you!
Learn 14 Chord Progressions for Guitar in 14 Days seems pretty self-explanatory, but there’s so much more to it than just progressions, Roman numerals, and the Nashville Number System. For songwriters and guitar players, knowing chord progressions is the foundation for crafting unforgettable harmonies and rhythms.
*Basic Chord Theory
*Dozens of Major and Minor Triads and Seventh Chords
*How to Play Each Progression in Six (6) Different Keys
*How to Play Each Progression in Six (6) Different Music Styles
Other concepts covered include:
Plus, all of the “real world” music examples are presented in rhythm guitar tab so you can quickly get them off the page and onto your fretboard!
All guitar examples are demonstrated in clear, expertly formatted tab and include an audio demonstration track recorded by Troy, so you never have to go it alone.
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As guitarists, we spend a lot of our practice time running through scales and learning how to use them over chord progressions. Lead guitar gets all the glory, after all. But how well do you understand those chords you’re playing over? Do you know how those chords are constructed, or why one chord was chosen over another?
Or maybe you’re stuck in a rut, playing the same chord progressions you learned from your guitar teacher or your favorite songs, never knowing which way to turn to find harmonic inspiration. If any of these scenarios describes you, don’t worry—you’re not alone. Every developing guitarist, at one point or another, encounters the same problems. The fact that you’re reading this book says a lot about your guitar aspirations.
Learn 14 Chord Progressions for Guitar in 14 Days seems pretty self-explanatory, but there’s so much more to it than just learning how to play several new chord progressions. After starting with some basic chord theory so you’ll understand the concepts that you’ll encounter along the way, the book quickly introduces the first of 14 chord progressions—all of which are presented as short music exercises, in various keys and styles, and using several different chord voicings and guitar techniques. So, in addition to learning new progressions, you’ll increase your chord vocabulary, learn several guitar techniques and styles, and, in turn, become a more well-rounded guitarist and musician. While the book might be a bit too advanced for absolute beginners, guitarists at the “late beginner” or “early intermediate” stage in their development should find most of the material quite manageable.
Learn 14 Chord Progressions for Guitar in 14 Days is divided into 14 lessons, one for each day of the two-week program. Within each lesson/day are six sections: Open-Chord Strumming, Open-Chord Arpeggios, Open-Chord Fingerpicking, Barre Chords, Extended Chords, and 6/8 Meter. The goal is to spend 15 minutes practicing the music exercises in each section, for a total of 90 minutes (15 X 6 = 90) per day. Week 1 introduces seven popular major-key chord progressions, while Week 2 presents seven minor progressions. (section continues in book)
WEEK 1: MAJOR PROGRESSIONS
DAY 1: I–IV PROGRESSION
Our first progression, I–IV, is heard in popular music perhaps more than any other, whether it’s a simple two-chord sequence like the one we’ll study here, or as part of a larger three- or four-chord progression (which we’ll cover in a bit). The strong appeal of moving from the I (tonic) chord to the IV (sub-dominant) chord, or vice versa, is only surpassed by one other two-chord change, I to V (dominant). Moving from I to IV is the common change in the first few bars of a standard 12-bar blues progression, but it’s also found in practically every genre of music (see list below).
EXAMPLES IN POPULAR SONGS:
“Born in the U.S.A.” by Bruce Springsteen (Key of B)
“Boys ’Round Here” by Blake Shelton (Key of A)
“Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash (Key of G)
“What I Got” by Sublime (Key of D)
OPEN-CHORD STRUMMING (1:30–1:15)
Our first example features the I–IV progression in the key of C. The rhythm is pretty straightforward: quarter notes are strummed on beats 1 and 3 and eighth notes occupy beats 2 and 4, giving it a country/folk sound. Meanwhile, the chords are common open-position C and F voicings.
When switching from C to F, leave you index finger in place (fret 1, string 2) while shifting your ring and middle fingers from strings 5–4 to strings 4–3. You will, however, need to slightly adjust your index finger in order to barre strings 2–1 for the F chord.