Painting the Chords

by David Wallimann

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  • Playing guitar is not always all about speed and technical demonstration but is also about taste. In this lesson we'll explore ways to embellish a very simple chord progression to make it sound more musical.

    This approach is used by countless great players such as Jimmy Hendrix, Eric Johnson and Stevie Ray Vaughan to name a few. The idea is to start from a very simple basic chord and expand on it adding extra notes, lead ideas, and rhythm elements to create something new.

    The chord progression we'll work with is in the key of C Major and is as follow:

    C Maj 7
    A min 7
    F Maj 7
    G 7
    C Maj 7

    I wrote on the following diagram the C Major scale on the whole fretboard. The goal is not to memorize that complicated pattern, but rather to use the notes of the scale as a guideline in your study.

    I hope you enjoy this lesson and feel free to ask if you need anything.

    Have fun!

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