"Top 7" MAJOR KEY Chord Jams

Do you know the most popular chord progressions that get used over and over again in popular music of the last 100 years? If not, you're short-changing your harmonic knowledge, plus you're also short-changing your ear... 




In this lesson we’re going to explore seven common Major key chord progressions that originate out of the six steps of our major key harmony. These degrees include the chords that exist on the first through sixth scale steps, (these jams will exclude the 7th step Dim. Chord).

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PROGRESSIONS:
The chord movements that we’re going to work on are ones which get used in thousands of different songs and they make up a serious part of all of the music styles that are used today.

In this lesson, I’ve decided to focus on seven specific chord progressions that are incredibly common and found in all kinds of popular music.

BONUS: As a bonus, I also mention optional "Secondary Dominant" chord applications that you can slip in to spice things up. 


Progression #1). The “I, VI, IV, V” progression. (Key of “C”).
Optional Secondary Dominant Chord is “A7.” (VI-chord)




Progression #2). The “I, VI, II, V” progression. (Key of “C”).
Optional Secondary Dominant Chord is “D7.” (II-chord)





Progression #3). The “I, II, IV, V” progression. (Key of “C”).
Optional Secondary Dominant Chord is “D7.” (II-chord)









Progression #4). The “I, II, VI, V” progression. (Key of “C”).
Optional Secondary Dominant Chords are either the, “D7,” the (II-chord), along with the “A7,” (VI-chord). You can use one of the other, but probably not both.





Progression #5). The “I, III, II, V” progression. (Key of “C”).
Optional Secondary Dominant Chords are either the, “E7,” the (III-chord), along with the “D7,” (II-chord).





Progression #6). The “I, III, VI, V” progression. (Key of “C”).
Optional Secondary Dominant Chords are either the, “E7,” the (III-chord), along with the “A7,” (VI-chord).





Progression #7). The “I, III, IV, V” progression. (Key of “C”). Optional Secondary Dominant Chords is the, “E7,” the (III-chord).







STUDY AND PRACTICE:
Practicing the examples that I’ve included (here in this lesson), will help you learn, understand and perform progressions from a lot of the popular simple chord jams that tend to get used within the structure of thousands and thousands of popular songs.

Once you learn to hear these chord movements, your ear will improve and you’ll find that you’ll be able to spot these and similar harmonic movements faster, (which will have the welcome extra benefit of improving your ear).

And that being said, I should also mention that learning these popular progressions will also work to help you to develop the highly sought after musical skill that’s known of as, “Transcription.”




CONCLUSION:
So, work on these chord progressions and develop your chords, your rhythm guitar and your ear. The benefits of this type of chord jamming work are absolutely amazing, which makes them well worth all the effort involved.


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Ten "DIFFERENT" Must Know 7th-Chords

Have you spent any time studying the seventh chord shapes on guitar? These chords are not exclusive to jazz music. The seventh qualities can be found in dozens of varied music styles. In this lesson, I demonstrate the patterns of 10 popular seventh quality chord types. Once you get these patterns down, you'll open up a whole new world of sound into your guitar playing...




Chords are absolutely integral when it comes down to being able to build a solid skill set for playing rhythm guitar. There are a lot of different chords to learn, but far too many players allow chord study to take a back-seat after learning two popular chord categories.

The popular categories include; the open position shapes and a few of the movable barre-chord patterns. Don't allow yourself to stop there. Learn as much as you can about the seventh chords. They open up a whole new world of sound.

In this video, we’re going to move into the area of 7th chords and study TEN “Different” 7th-chord patterns on the neck.


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These shapes are going to be of a great value to your playing ability! Seventh chords are used in all kinds of music styles.Their application is vast, so incredible benefits can come form the study of their layout and application in music.

TEN SEVENTH CHORDS:

1). Diminished 7th (also called Fully Diminished)



2). Minor 7(b5) /also called ½ Diminished




3). Minor 7th




4). Dominant 7th (b5) /also Dom. 7 Dim. 5th




5). Dominant 7th (the Dominant Chord)








6). Dominant 7th (#5) / the Dom. 7 augmented 5th




7). Major 7th




8). Minor /Major 7th




9). Major 7th (b5) /the Maj. 7 Diminished 5th



10). Major 7th (#5) / the Maj. 7 augmented 5th







CONCLUSION:
Learning how to play interesting chord patterns like these is only the beginning. The real learning comes from the application of these patterns across chord progressions from many different types of music.

Luckily, pretty much all of these chords will be found in popular music styles from; Rock songs, and Top 40 music, as well as, Blues, they’re a big part of; Jazz, Country, Soul music, R and B, Hip-Hop, Motown, Classical music… the list is most certainly long of where you’ll find them, because these chords are going to show up in all kinds of places musically.

So, learn the patterns, and get used to playing them in songs. And, be sure to compose some of your own original pieces using them as well. Actually, that’s often the best way to commit them to memory.

Over time, these chords will get easier to play, and your ability to understand their functionality will get also easier as well.




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RHYTHM GUITAR 018: Creating Rhythms (Soul /R&B)

November 16, 2018:
RHYTHM GUITAR 018:
Creating Rhythms (Soul /R and B)

 
 NEW  The 18th lesson of "Rhythm Guitar" shifts to a new practice routine that has the sessions start including composition. Each of the remaining Rhythm Guitar episodes will not only include stylistic examples, but they will also include a section for students to create their own original rhythm jams.

A bonus for BASIC and PREMIUM web-site members are the (9) MP3 play-along tracks that will help with learning each rhythm example. 



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EPISODE 18:
The lesson plan for episode 18 is focused upon performing rhythms in the Soul /R and B style. Four examples in the lesson will focus on covering; the Slow Soul Guitar-chop, R and B Rhythm-shot (rock steady), Slow Groove Hip-Hop /Soul Fusion, and Funk-Soul Motown (16th-note) groove.

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PART ONE (free on YouTube):  Example one, explores how to practice the popular "Slow-soul" guitar chop. This steady and balanced groove operates around a single measure rhythm meter.

PART TWO:  In example two,  the groove is based upon tight rhythm shots within the R&B style. This rhythm approach is often called the "Rock Steady" rhythm and can be heard in many songs. One of the legendary players who uses this groove often is guitarist Steve Cropper. 




PART THREE:
In example three, the two-measure phrase of this rhythm is wide and open with the primary note duration being that of a whole-note. The whole-note is applied across beats 1, and 3 of measure one and beat 1 of measure two. 8th-notes are applied to the ending of measure two (beats 3 and 4).
 

PART FOUR:  Example four involves the use of another two-bar phrase that centers around the slightly syncopated 16th-note feel. This groove is based on the heavy accent of the beat of, "1."


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Are You Doing This? - Guitar "Chord Chops"

Ever heard of the Chord Chop? It's a heavy handed way of hitting at the guitar strings where individual sections of a chord are struck. The technique allows for highlighting specific segments of string groups offering greater dynamics and strength to rhythm parts. If you’ve never experimented with this technique, you’re long overdue.




The chord chop technique is a way of playing rhythm where you hit a chord forcefully on either the back-beat, (it can also be muted and marked rhythmically on the off-beats, or also upbeats).

Rhythm players need to learn this technique, because it’s a way to split apart the tones of a chord allowing us to add other intervals around the rhythm that will work nicely to highlight different parts of the groove.

Chord chop technique is also often played using select ghost hits, (a chord hit that’s played muted by lifting up the fretting-hand fingers immediately after strumming the chord). 

The ghosted chord chop along with the normal chord chop gives us a percussive sound that works great in styles like: R and B, Motown, Blues, Soul Music, Hip-Hop and Smooth Jazz.

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CHORD CHOP EXAMPLES:

Riff #1).
Here’s a Chord Chop idea with accents on the up-beat of the count of the beat of, “3”




Riff #2).
Here’s another Chord Chop riff that accents on the ‘up-beat of 3’ (in measure one), and on the ‘up-beat of 2’ (in measure two)




Riff #3).
Here’s a chord chop guitar part that’s playing the “ghost” technique on each measure at the “up-beats of 2.”






THE "CHOP" TECHNIQUE:
As you can tell, the "chord chop" can occur in several ways, but it usually consists of a downward strum on the up-beat notes. And, (as you noticed in our examples), alternatively there can be bass-notes played and allowed to ring-out underneath.

There can even be chords that are chopped on the up-beat. The thing is that this technique is most commonly used in a rhythmically simple manner, as simple as just chopping on every beat, or on down beats and ghosting on the up beats.

Guitarists like; Freddie Green, Steve Cropper and Django Reinhardt are a few of the players that are well known for applying this technique throughout their rhythm playing.




CHORD CHOPS AND RHYTHM:
The secret to playing great sounding guitar-chop rhythm parts has a lot to do with paying attention to the rhythmic flow of the music.

Most songs will consist of fairly simple melodies and only a limited collection of chords, so the groove has to be strong and that’s where chord chops can really come in handy.

It’s important to also understand that the role of most rhythm guitar players is to work with the drums and bass to keep the song grooving. 




CONCLUSION:
You'll have an easier time nailing the songs feel when you learn to break apart the chords using this Guitar Chop technique. Just focus on locking down on the groove with your strum-hand, and keep targeting notes through the chord patterns.

It’s a little different than the strumming style that’s done in Folk or Campfire songs, but once you practice this a little while, you’ll train your pick-hand to have a lot more accuracy and skill for the, “Chord Chop” approach. 




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