[VIDEO LESSON] Learn to Play an Easy, Bluesy and Melodic Chord Progression on Acoustic Guitar

This is a fantastic lesson for beginners to get started with the chords on an Acoustic Guitar.

I would highly recommend any beginner to start their guitar journey on an Acoustic Guitar due to these 3 strong reasons,

  • Firstly it develops a lot of finger strength,
  • Secondly, it improves your perfection and
  • Thirdly you gain a lot of dexterity if you start playing on an Acoustic Guitar.

Well, let’s not waste time and talk about this video in hand. This is a pretty easy to learn

This is a pretty easy-to-learn lesson by Marty Schwartz who shows you a melodious chord progression using 3 basic chords namely E Major, D Major, A Major and B Dominant 7th (B7th) on an Acoustic guitar.

The inclusion of the B7th chord gives the progression, a bluesy tinge.

To understand this lesson in detail, in a better way, you need to first know,

  1. How to build 4 Major Scales,
  2. Then the Major Chord Formula and the Dominant 7th Chord Formula and
  3. Apply them carefully to the Major Scales to derive all the 4 chords played in this lesson.

Major Scale Formula

The formula to build a Major Scale is W-W-H-W-W-W-H

W => Whole Step or Whole Tone

H => Half Step or Semi Tone

Flattening: Lowering a note by a half step or a semitone

Sharpening: Raising a note by a half step or a semitone

By applying this formula you can derive the 4 Major Scales i.e. E Major Scale, D Major Scale, A Major Scale and B Major Scale that will enable us to derive the 4 corresponding Chords used in the Chord Progression.

So by applying the Major Scale Formula we get the

E Major Scale Notes as E F# G# A B C# D# E

D Major Scale Notes as D E F#G A B C# D

A Major Scale Notes as A B C# D E F# G# A

B Major Scale Notes as B C# D# E F# G# A# B

Major Chord Formula

The formula to derive a Major Chord is 1,3,5 ( 1st, 3rd and 5th notes of the major scale).

By applying this formula, we can easily derive the 3 Major Chords.

E Major Chord: E, G#, B

D Major Chord: D, F#, A

A Major Chord: A, C#, E

Dominant 7th Chord Formula

The formula to derive the Dominant 7th Chord is 1,3,5, b7 ( the 1st, 3rd, 5th and Flattened 7th notes of a Major Scale).

B Dominant 7th Chord

By applying the Dominant 7th Chord formula on the B Major Scale notes, we get the B Dominant 7th Chord or B7th Chord notes as B D# F# A

If you’ve successfully got this lesson down, then why not learn an easy yet melodic rock chord progression inspired by Tom Petty and Green day?

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