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Cool Chord Progression With Drone Notes

Here’s a fun little trick you can use to add some additional character to your chord progressions – add some drone notes.

What do I mean by that? Simply adding a note that remains constant throughout each chord change. Kind of like how a bagpipe always has that drone going on underneath the melody. Oops, did I mention bagpipes and guitars in the same thought? Yikes! 🙂

Actually, side story – I once heard the bagpipes played at Canada’s Parliament buildings, accompanied by some distorted electric guitars, and it sounded extremely cool. Okay… moving on past the bagpipes!

We’re going to be using these chords: Em, G, D and A. However, we’re going to keep the notes on the first and second strings constant: 1st string open, and 2nd string on the 3rd fret.

Check it out:

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The “D Thing” lesson that I referenced in the lesson can be found here: The D Thing

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Cool Chord Progression + 2 Riffs

Well it’s been a little while since I shot a lesson for you guys, so this time I thought I’d at least change up the background a bit!

Today we’re going to learn a cool chord progression: Em G D A, and a couple licks.

The first lick is pretty simple – it’s just straight up through the E pentatonic minor scale. Here’s some basic tab, for those who need it – feel free to change up the feel from what’s written.

E pent minor lick

The second riff is marked out a bit in the video itself.

Bonus points to anyone who can figure out the location where this video was shot, in the comments!

Alright, here’s the video, enjoy… if you watch to the very end you’ll see a special guest appearance. 🙂

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E7 Blues With Thirds

Here’s a fun way to apply some thirds in a blues style format over an E7 chord.

There are two types of thirds: major and minor. The major third is four semitones, and a minor third is three semitones. On your guitar, if you play a G on the 3rd fret, 6th string, at the same time as a B on the 2nd fret of the 5th string, you get a major third. That kiddy-corner pattern you get will produce a major third anywhere in the lower four strings.

To get a minor third, simply drop the B to a Bb. That same pattern will give you a minor third anywhere on the lower four strings.

The “progression” we’re playing over here is actually just one chord – E dominant 7. I like playing it with the added D on the 3rd fret, 2nd string. The D is the flatted 7 (b7) that makes this chord sound so cool. Remember, E7 is neither major nor minor, and as such it can stand in like a body double for either one. In this particular case we’re treating it like a minor chord.

When you’re using thirds, think about what chords are in the key. If your I IV V chords are major, then the related thirds are going to be major as well. For instance, in the key of G, we have D major. Thus, when you’re looking for a third to play off a D, play the major third.

If you’re looking for a great way to apply the riff you learn in this lesson, I recommend working it over while playing along with these blues jam tracks. (There’s a free sample track available at that link)

Alrighty – ready to dig into this? Let’s get started.

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