How many chord progressions do you know?
How well can you play them, and…
What can you play with the chord progressions you do know?
If you would have asked me in the early days of my playing, my answer would be, “Not many, not very well, and not a lot!”
Learning chord progressions didn’t single-handedly transform my playing overnight.
It certainly did help me improve though.
For many acoustic players, chord progressions are the bedrock of their playing.
(Just like the support structure of an iconic landmark like the Golden Gate Bridge).
As many songs use the exact same chord progressions, learning a few can help you learn songs faster.
They can help you understand theory more…
And they can also help you improve your chord changes.
The reason for that is if you get good at making the changes for one set of chords, your fingers will be more skilled and adept in learning how to change between other chords.
Anyway, I recommend all students learn 2-5 chord progressions.
I then say, get a couple of strumming and fingerpicking patterns, and jam them to your heart’s content…
Learn songs that use these chord progressions.
You don’t have to stop there.
You can have a jam with a friend where they play some lead while you play the chords and then you can swap over.
There’s more, of course, but this is all fun stuff.
Just a few minutes per day of practising a couple of chord progressions can be enjoyable and productive.
Do take the time to get a couple of chord progressions in your arsenal of guitar playing weaponry.
Even just 1 or 2 is a great place to start (e.g., G D Em C).
If you are interested, tomorrow I will release a new video lesson on all this inside the Dan Thorpe Acoustic Academy.
It features all the above but be warned – it does not include a friend to jam with.
(Although I do show you how to jam with myself in a simple way using the video).
To get the lesson, head to the link below where you can find out more:
Have a great Sunday.
P.S. If you want to join and you do so before the month’s end deadline, you will also get the brand-new bonus on how to learn scales and have a boatload of fun while doing so.
P.P.S. Extra quick tip – study the songs you know and see if there are any chord progressions that are featured in both.
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