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RHYTHM GUITAR: Chords of Progressive Rock

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Andrew Wasson of Creative Guitar Studio answers a viewers question…

Q: I am a HUGE fan of Alex Lifeson from Rush. His soloing is of course totally awesome, but my question isn’t on his soloing, it’s on his use of chords for rhythm guitar. Alex and guitarists like him, have a way of playing rhythm guitar where they jam riffs that are definitely not just power chords. Could you do a video that covers some ‘other’ types of rock chords? Thanks!
Antonio – Chile, South America

A: Whether it’s your favorite player Alex Lifeson, or maybe Paul Gilbert, Joe Satriani, Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai, Randy Rhodes or some other world famous rock guitarist, they will all tend to play a mix of chords that go beyond our typical two note — root & 5th power chord. These chords (used by the progressive rock crowd) are one’s that get carefully voiced to produce just the right type of color, and most of these chord voicings won’t get all too muddy sounding like the way many of the standard major & minor chords tend to do when there’s distortion added on the guitar amplifier.
In the video, I work through a number of cool things you can do to with some common, and perhaps some – not so common chord types that will work excellent whether the distortion is cranked or not. And, these chords will really come in handy when you’re feeling a little bored with those basic “root / 5th” power chords!

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