Open Position Strumming

by Vasilije Vukmirovic

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  • Hi GMC!

    Here is a piece that I composed while ago, it demonstrates the application of open position as well as chord/melody style of playing. It’s in key of E minor, with small modulation in E major at the end, and chord sequence is following:

    E min9, Emin9 / F# min7-5, B7#9/
    E min9, Emin9 / F# min7-5, B7#9/
    A min, B7#9 / E min9, E min9/
    F# min7-5, B7#9 / Amin 7, A# dim7
    B min7, E 7 / A min7, D 7/
    B min7, E 7 / A min, A# dim7
    B 7, B 7 / E add9, E add9
    A maj7, B 7 / E add9, E add9
    A maj7, B 7 / F# min7-5, B7#9
    E min9, E min9 / F# min7-5, B7#9
    E min

    Lots of chords as you see, but basically there are lots of substitutions, so you have I-II-V harmony, Emin, F#min7-5 and B7, keep that in mind.

    Every chord begins with upstroke, and the strumming patterns is always more or less the same, you have up-down-down-down. When there is a melody line we use alternate picking as usual.



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