Guitar Chord Progressions

Guitar chord progressions is a great tool for writing an accompaniment to a song or creating your own backing track for jamming. Along with playing around random chords in order to find fitting sequence, you can just slide down through the following progressions, listen to them, and pick up ones that fit to your needs, or use them as a starting point for experimentations and modifying.

Watch chord diagrams on the right side whenever you encounter an unknown chord along the progressions, all they are open, easy guitar chords to play, and were put here specifically for beginners.

So here we go:

 
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1.

Am- - - C- - - G- - - Em

Used in VERSE of Fade
to Black by Metallica

2.

Em- - - C- - - G- - - D

Used with some variations in
VERSE of Numb by Linking Park

Am
A minor guitar chord
C
C Guitar Chord

3.

Am- - - - - - - G- - - Em

Great guitar chord progression
for slow songs and ballads

4.

G- - - Em- - - C- - - D

Was often used in 60s

G
G Guitar Chord
Em
Em Guitar Chord

5.

Am- - - Dm- - - C- - - G

6.

Am- - - G- - - F- - - E

Kinda flamenco progression, you
might alternate the E chord with
the F chord few times on the end.

D
D Guitar Chord
Dm
D Minor Guitar Chord

7.

Am- - - D- - - C- - - F

Similar to Smells Like Teen
Spirit by Nirvana

8.

C- - - G- - - Am- - - F

In With Or Without You by U2

E
E Guitar Chord
F
F Guitar Chord

9. Extended previous progression

C- - - G- - - Am- - - F- - - Dm- - - F- - - Am- - - G

10.

Am- - - - - - F- - - G

Simple and good sounding
chord progression often
used in rock and pop

11.

Am- - - F- - - G- - - Em

Another variation
of the 10th progression

12. Extended previous progression

Am- - - F- - - G- - - Em- - - F- - - Dm- - - G- - - Am

13.

Dm- - - Am- - - G- - - F

Used in VERSE of Mystify
by INXS

14.

Em- - - Am7- - - C2- - - D

In INTRO of Animal Instinct
by Cranberries

Am7
A Minor 7 Guitar Chord
C2
C2 Guitar Chord

15.

Am- - - C- - - Dm- - - F

In VERSE of I Kissed a Girl
by Katy Perry

16.

Em- - - G- - - D- - - A

A
A Major Guitar Chord

17.

Am- - - G- - - Em- - - F

18.

Bm7- - - G- - - D- - - Dsus2

In VERSE of The Scientist
by Coldplay

Bm7
Bm7 Guitar Chord
Dsus2
Dsus2 Guitar Chord

19.

C- - - G- - - D- - - Em

Used in Chorus of Breakeven
by The Script

20.

C- - - Em- - - Am- - - F

In Queen UK
by Bob Schneider

21. Beautiful jazzy chord progression

Cmaj7- - - Am7- - - Fmaj7- - - Em7

Cmaj7
Cmaj7 Guitar Chord
Fmaj7
Fmaj7 Guitar Chord

22. Twelve Bar Blues Progression

A7 - X4 - - D7 - X2 - - A7 - X2 - - E7- - - D7- - - A7 - X2

Em7
E Minor 7 Guitar Chord
A7
A7 Guitar Chord

23.

Am- - - F- - - Dm- - - Em

24.

A- - - E- - - D- - - A

Used in Chasing Cars
by Snow Patrol

D7
D7 Guitar Chord
E7
E7 Guitar Chord

25.

Am- - - G- - - F- - - Em - G

 

26.

Am- - - B7- - - Dm- - - E7

B7
B7 Guitar Chord

27.

Em- - - C- - - D7- - - G- - - C- - - Am- - - B7- - - Em

28.

Dm- - - G- - - C- - - Am

 

29.

Am- - - C- - - Dm- - - G

 

Note that many songs I mentioned in the chart were originally played in different keys, I adopted (transported) these guitar chord progressions for beginners and "lazy" guitar players to make possible to play each progression just with the open chords.

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