A chord progression may sound complicated,but it is actually nothing else but a sequence of chords, one played after the other. You have already played a few chord progressions if you have followed my previous lessons, for instance in the strumming exercises or for Sweet Home Alabama (the chord progression was D - C - G).
So far you have been playing quite easy songs that are not too fast and have simple chord progressions. Nevertheless you may have noticed thatswitching between the chords is a bit tricky, and soon you are gong to learn songs with much more advanced chord progressions that require much faster switching.
The key behind being a good rhythm guitar player is to be able to make fast and smooth chord changes. Ideally you should not be able to hear any "intermediate" step between two chords, one chord should just smoothly follow the other.
You are going to get some help using these tips in this and the next lesson. The third tip relies on the first and second one - you need to be able fret the chords neatly and flawlessly before you can make shortcuts.
To get you started, it is good to practice the chords you already know. I will demonstrate these 3 exercises in the video.
B7 G D7
C7 Am G7
This is the chord progression from the famous Canon in C composed by Pachabel.
It is one of the most famous chord progressions ever, used in a LOT of songs. Please have a look at this video to see how many songs that use it - it'll blow your mind (in this video the song is in D though).
D G Em
Am C Am
Em G D
This exercise is supposed to show you how you can have nice shortcuts between chords if you think a bit where you can place your fingers. I will show it to you in the video above.
The best thing that you can do when learning new chords is to play the most difficult chords over and over again - in succession (following each other). You have not learnt that many chords yet, but you will encounter many chords that simply seem impossible at first. Repetition and practise is all you need to master them, so don't give up! Mak your own exercises,or brea down the exercises above in different parts (eg only practice one line at a time).
In the next lesson we will have a look at some strange chord progression exercises - strange but extremely useful! Please click here to continue.