In the following video tutorials from David Taub with Next Level Guitar, you will be learning another awesome chord progression. This tutorial will show you some new chords that you may not know how to play just yet and how to tie them together and embellish them. It’s more than just a boring old lesson teaching you some new chord progression. This lesson is designed to help you build a melody and how to take chord progressions and make them musical and interesting.
This is a 2 part lesson. Both videos are included above for your convenience.
In part 1, David will be going over the chords and the progression. In the second part of the lesson, David will show you a really interesting way to build your own melodies to accompany this chord progression. Its a great lesson with a variety of different techniques that will really give you a great all around guitar workout.
Here are the chords David will be using: Dadd9, Gmaj7, F#m, Em, A7. I would categorize this as more of an intermediate lesson, but definitely in reach for all of you beginners out there. It’s a great way to make that jump to the next level.
David is playing this progression with a tricky sort of chucking strumming pattern that looks like this: D/ U/ DC / U Where C = Chuck. David will demonstrate exactly what this means in the video above. It is definitely not a super difficult technique but if you are an absolute beginner, you may find it a bit difficult. Not to worry. If you can’t play along with the more difficult pattern, then just play along with a simple strumming pattern that looks like this: D/ U / D / U / U / D /U, but it is recommended that you give the “chucking” pattern a try.
It is important to note, as David mentions, that you don’t have to use these exact chords or play the exact notes that David is playing. You can apply these same techniques and patterns to any chord progression in any key.
The goal from this lesson and from all of David’s teaching over at Next Level Guitar is to teach this stuff in a way that is enjoyable and musical which makes learning fun. These lessons also get your creative juices flowing so that you may be able to one day write your own songs.
When you first watch this lesson, especially if you are a beginner, you may feel a bit overwhelmed like this is way out of your reach. Try not to think like that. Just learn how to play those chords first, then slowly mix in the various strumming patterns, arpeggiation and other embellishments that David teaches. Don’t be afraid to add your own voice to this progression and make this something unique.