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Open Mic Chord Progressions

By Darren DeFranco


Hey guys,

Today we’ve got a very cool chord progression that hearkens to the acoustic guitar stylings of coffeeshop open mics. We’re going for a beatnik poetry type of sound here, and to accomplish that we are going to use dominant 7th chords around a circle of fifths progression. Barre chords work best so we can get a funky strumming pattern going on as well as percussive effects.

Enjoy the lesson guys!


Master our chord progression, then try getting creative – substitute in some 9th chords, different 7th chord shapes, inversions, etc.



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