The following is a guest post by Kevin Ian Common. If you are interested in guest posting, please contact me!
Hello Kind Readers!
As the only guitarist in The Common Men, I enjoy taking a break during songs and letting the bass and drums take over. I consider my role as the sprinkles on top of a cupcake, if you will.
However, I sometimes like to take simple chords to the next level. I used to spend days learning songs and trying to find new ways to twist the chord changes. This was the easiest way for me to develop my own voice in playing guitar.
The chord progression is from a well-known 80’s song “Under The Milkyway” by The Church. Here are the chords:
low – high EADGBe
Am: X 0 2 2 1 0
A7sus4: X 0 2 0 3 0
Fmaj7: X 3 3 2 1 0
G: 3 2 0 0 3 3
I’ve taken the chords and added my own touch to them. Here are the reworked chords with an explanation of what I did:
Am9: X 0 7 5 0 7
The B natural in this chord add a lovely quality and is the 9th in the A minor scale
A7sus4: X 0 7 7 0 5
While I don’t have the G which would make it a 7th chord, the bass plays the G, which implies the 7th
Fmaj7: X X 7 5 6 0
I just took the chord up to the fifth position and added the open E string to make it a Maj7
G: X X 9 7 8 10
G chord in a different position. The high D gives it a lovely shimmer to it
I have also added the Behringer Echo Machine to a shimmer setting. It’s known as the “U2 Shimmer” and it sounds like a synth pad behind my guitar. I also add a fast delay on top of it.
I love using effects pedals. I think they can really augment a progression. However, a little knowledge of chord functions and a little ingenuity can add a uniqueness to your playing as well!
Thank you for reading!
– Kevin Ian
Kevin Ian runs over 20 pedals. He is quite the tap dancer live on stage! He is currently the frontman/guitarist for The Common Men. You can find them on MySpace, Facebook and Twitter. Please direct questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org