Advanced chord progressions

This guide present some uncommon chord progressions for guitar players that already know lots of fundamental progressions. You will probably learn some new chords and shapes which can help you develop your guitar playing further, especially if you also write songs.

It is understood that you already know basic chords; therefore, only the rare chords are shown in pictures.

E – Aadd9/E – E

Aadd9/E chord

This is only two chords, but it is a very simple yet original combination that you can develop further into longer sequences. Just an example could be E – Add9/E – E – Dm6 – E.


E – Aadd9/E – Badd9/E – Aadd9/E – E

Badd9/E chord

This is a continuation of the last sequence and as you can see the shape is the same for all three chords.


D – G/D – A/D – G/D – D

G/D chord diagramA/D chord
G/D                                          A/D

From the regular D chord you continue to play on the four highest strings and as you can see the shape is the same for G/D and A/D. Both strumming and arpeggios will sound nice.


G – C/G – G – Em9 – D7/F# – G

Em9 chord diagram

As you can see the Em9 is (more or less) a C major on the third fret.  This progression is actually a part from the Bob Dylan song “Boots Of Spanish Leather” and in the original context played with capo on the third fret. This progression sound especially great using fingerpicking.


C – G/B – Bm b6 add11 – Am – Am/B – C

Bm b6 add11 chord
Bm b6 add11

Bm b6 add11 has a messy chord name and can be a little tricky to play, but your muscle memory will probably get a hang on it soon.


B – E – F#7sus4

E chordF#7sus4
E                                                     F#7sus4

The E and F#7sus4 chords are played in different ways than usual as the pictures indicate. The B chord should be played as barre with an E-shape.


E(II) – B/D# – A/C#

E(II) chordB/D# chordA/C# chord
E(II)                                         B/D#                          A/C#

An alternate E major chord is to prefer here since it use the fifth string for its root note.


B – B/F# – E

B/F# chord

The change from B to B/F# are only the slight difference to strumming on the lowest string.

This guide to uncommon chord progression will continue to increase in following updates. would like to give acknowledge to the book The Guitar Player's Songwriting Bible in which some of the material presented here has been found.

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