A Selection of Chord Progressions for Guitar

guitar-chord-progressionsPretty early in your guitar lessons, you’ll start learning chords. At first, there will be simple open string chords, such as E major and A minor, but it won’t be long before you progress to more complex chords, like Cmaj7, and barre chords, like F#m7.

To help memorise the different shapes involved, you can search sites like Ultimate Guitar for songs that use these chords. While this is certainly my preferred method, it’s not always possible to find songs with all the chords you want to learn. This is where guitar chord progressions come in.

Chord progressions are also a great way to work on strumming patterns, such as those found in my post 20 Strumming Patterns for Guitar.

If you are learning chords, start off with one chord pattern, taking your time to ensure you have the correct fingers on the correct frets before you strum the chord. As you play the pattern over and over, you will find that your fingers get in place quicker, allowing you to increase the pace.

If you are learning strumming patterns, again start out slow getting used to the feel of the rhythm. Ensure your right hand moves across the strings in a steady up-down motion, regardless of whether you are sounding the strings or not.

The chord progressions I have included in the single-page PDF are:

  • The first ten open string chords I teach my guitar pupils: E, A, D, Em, Am, Dm, C, G, F and G7
  • The next ten (seventh) chords I teach my guitar pupils: E7, A7, D7, Em7, Am7, Dm7, Cmaj7, C7, Fmaj7 and B7
  • Barre chords which use the E and A shapes listed above

The free PDF file is here: Practice Chord Progressions for Guitar.pdf