One way to spice up your chord progressions is to play something other than stock, standard, block chords. Instead, use different chord inversions and chord voicings. A great example of this is “Jack and Diane” by John Mellancamp. The whole song is based on A, D and E, but each section sounds unique because it uses different versions of the same three chords.
CAGED Chord System
The CAGED system for guitar is a method for mapping out chord shapes and arpeggio patterns on the fretboard. When you understand how chords are built and where the notes of a given chord are located across the fretboard, then you can grab the notes however you see fit and create new chord shapes and interesting chord voicings.
The guitar CAGED chord system is taught in Fretboard Theory Chapter 3 and also the DVD CAGED Template Chord System. Click the link to sign up for a free guitar theory book and DVD preview.
How do you spice up your chords and progressions? Feel free to leave comments and tell me.
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Mr. Desi Serna