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RHYTHM GUITAR: Chords of Progressive Rock

www.creativeguitarstudio.com Search Andrew Wasson.com for FREE lesson Handouts. This Video: July 20, 2012 | Search Videos by Title/Date. GO TO: www.andrewwasson.com 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

25 Responses to RHYTHM GUITAR: Chords of Progressive Rock
  1. brco2003
    July 20, 2012 | 5:11 am

    1:55 Andrew was fighting? the urge to say, “You know…”

  2. wolfecho211
    July 20, 2012 | 5:12 am

    Great lesson!? Thanks Andrew!

  3. dave422x
    July 20, 2012 | 5:19 am

    an excellent summary? of about 30 years of creative guitar playing. well done sir.

  4. skrpirate
    July 20, 2012 | 7:01 am

    Could you possibly do lessons? relating to “Punk” or “Post-rock” styles of playing?

  5. Wayavas1337
    July 20, 2012 | 7:20 am

    great? lesson

  6. joscarmoren
    July 20, 2012 | 8:09 am

    Liking? this tone much better!

  7. AuditoryDriving
    July 20, 2012 | 8:22 am

    I love this guy.?

  8. beatnik8tv
    July 20, 2012 | 8:49 am

    I’ve got a request could you do chord theory on R&B songs from the 90’s – 10’s? I can’t see too many on? here.

  9. Robowx
    July 20, 2012 | 3:41 pm

    Hi Andrew just to let you know I went to pause your video and accidentally hit the dislike button. I didn’t mean to do that so? you can minus one dislike! I did like it to counteract the dislike. Sorry about that. Cheers, Rob.

  10. Aaronmac404
    July 20, 2012 | 7:09 pm

    John Petrucci of Dream Theater also loves his suspended 2nd chords a crap ton,? which is a great thing. I’ve always loved those chords. He also adds in 9ths on top of those usually.

  11. JDhomieG
    July 20, 2012 | 9:27 pm

    I cannot seem to find the pdf link on your page. Can anyone? help me out?

    Also, I’m very happy to see this kind of lesson. Getting people into different chords will help keep music interesting.

  12. LeaTheSingingGirl
    July 20, 2012 | 10:14 pm

    great video, subbed,please check out my channel,? thanks
    hughs from Germany++Have fun

  13. alex30yw
    July 21, 2012 | 12:48 am

    why the fuck are you asking? that? youre a musician arent you? cant you figure it out or experiment with it? why not mess around instead of letting people feed you

  14. asurbanipal
    July 21, 2012 | 5:33 am

    …so, what did you come? here for?

  15. skrpirate
    July 21, 2012 | 5:52 am

    I do experiment.I just wanted to see what he might? have to say on the subject.Am I breaking some unwritten “musician” code by asking him for his thoughts?If so, I apologize.

  16. SpartanPict
    July 21, 2012 | 1:14 pm

    2:04 or YNGWIE MALMSTEEN!!!

    (How could you? keave the GREATEST out?!)

  17. Endelmos
    July 21, 2012 | 6:26 pm

    Great lesson Andrew! I love progressive rock and metal, and this inspired me to experiment with some of those sounds.?

  18. louevil555
    July 22, 2012 | 11:36 am

    Punk music is so simple and they use standard rock chord progressions. The is a total lack of soloing in that? genre as well so why would he waste his time giving lessons a genre that is so simple

  19. skrpirate
    July 23, 2012 | 6:55 am

    You are correct about “punk” being very simple.I mainly asked that question to see more variety in terms of techniques for use in different genres.Most of his lessons techniques for use in particular genres they always seem to for “Classic Rock” “metal” “Progressive Rock” “blues”,and I’m not a fan of these genres.I know that’s selfish of me to ask,and granted “punk” was not the best? choice,it was just the first that came to mind.Really it doesn’t matter what genres all of his lessons are great.

  20. jippie11261
    July 23, 2012 | 7:48 am

    Not sure you’re gettin so much flak about PUNK? Most every player I know of started with playing PUNK! Anyway’s, Andrew HAS done a video (I just thought I’d lettcha know) on PUNK. Just search YouTube for [Punk Rock Lead Guitar Concepts]. Have Fun Dude, and don’t let these blaa, blaam blaa – punk this? & that comments beat you down.

  21. jippie11261
    July 23, 2012 | 7:52 am

    Malmsteen is a totally wicked-killer guitar-man, but I’m sorry to tell ya… Malmsteen DOES NOT use 90% of these Progressive Rock chord types in his rhythm parts. He’s way more of an interval player with his rhythm parts. I mean come on, does Malmsteen’s songs sound Anything at all like? YES, Rush, VanHalen, or the Police??? I think not my friend. He’s NOT a Prog. Rocker. Sorry.

  22. skrpirate
    July 23, 2012 | 8:37 am

    Thanks,man!?

  23. 08blacki
    July 23, 2012 | 6:49 pm

    Thanks Andrew but can never locate the pdf or find the tab to go thru your lesson with.Link takes
    me to ur home site and never any luck there afterward.Tab on the video (or atleast chord fingerings)lesson would simplify things
    immensely.Love the lessons? but always abort prematurely due to this reason.

  24. jippie11261
    July 23, 2012 | 7:20 pm

    DUDE… Seriously, listen his downloads are easy as sin to find Man…

    – Go to his Blog-site at AndrewWasson [dot] com
    – Scroll down the home-page to just under the blue-ish banner that says, “Recent Video Lessons.”
    – The downloads are all RIGHT THERE !!!!!

    Older videos are easy to locate too, just? use the search-box in the upper-right Nav. bar and search for the videos title. That’s it Man.

    Andrew’s handouts & jams always come out on Sunday’s for his Friday Videos.

    It’s EASY !!!

  25. 08blacki
    July 24, 2012 | 8:47 pm

    Hey thanks for the info!!Will give that a try.God Bless? ya..

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