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 Accompanying A Certain Chord Progression 
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Post Accompanying A Certain Chord Progression
I've been having a lot of trouble lately with coming up with good chordal accompaniments with another guitarist WITHOUT having to resort to playing the same chord on a different part of the neck. Basically I want it to like a good arpeggiated accompaniment or something along that line, not just strumming the same chord. i know i can use variations of the chord (like added intervals) but it doesn't seem to be working well with the song.

the specific chord progression im particularly having trouble with is the following:

Dminor/Gminor/A7/C#diminished (i think its a c# dimished, the chord is x4565x).

the first two chords are 2 measures long, the a7 and c#diminished are 1 measure.
its just him strumming the chords. it has a very dark feel about it and i want to really enhance that but im so confused and its frustrating! im very well-versed in theory so you can talk technical if u want too. its at a pretty moderate tempo, prolly like 155 bpm or something. chord diagrams will help as well!

can anyone help?? anything and everything will be of use to me. thank you so much in advance i love working out accompaniments but this has really got me down cuz im not good at it hahaha


Thu Dec 31, 2009 6:08 am
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It's a C#minb5 chord :D That's in Bminor.

EDIT: Well, here are modes you can use.

For Dmin7 = D dorian = Amin scale
For Gmin7 = G dorian = Dmin scale
For A7 and C#minb5 = Bminor scale (both inside the scale)


Thu Dec 31, 2009 7:09 am
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Try different inversions & changing up the rhythmic pattern.

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A little syncopation goes a long way.


Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:21 pm
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Pao wrote:
It's a C#minb5 chord :D That's in Bminor.

EDIT: Well, here are modes you can use.

For Dmin7 = D dorian = Amin scale
For Gmin7 = G dorian = Dmin scale
For A7 and C#minb5 = Bminor scale (both inside the scale)

Well said!

If I were you John I'd try some inversions and triads as suggested -- triads are really great to play. EVH and Randy Rhoads use triads a lot, and their playing is always fresh, new and clean!

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