Core Challenge: Voice G-Em-C-D in P1, P3, P5, P7, P10. We are talking general position zones and chords don’t have to absolutely fall into these positions exactly. So, to start, use any voicings that you know [bar chords are fine], and play the progression in all 5 positions. Can you do this?
Following the challenge, check out my choices. My 3 criteria → 1. no barring 2. open strings in the mix 3. pick-able (anything can be), yet also strum-able.
A next level challenge would be to play all 5 positions in a row; making it as musical as possible (as I’ve attempted in the video – to make an exercise musical). Or, play any tune with these chords and revoice them from what you usually play.
As you know, the same chord can be played in numerous ways up and down the fretboard. We have options for how we map and expand known chords. A blend of all of them is the best medicine [songs, learning systems, no maps, CAGED, linear versions, chord scales]. As always, modify voicings to fit your hands; neighboring tones can add color and can sometimes be easier to fret.
Choices for voicings are dictated by the style & techniques that are happening in the moment. Also, just a reminder that a chord symbol is a scale symbol as well. When a chord is extended completely – R-3-5-7-9-11-13 – these are all of the tones of some type of scale, arranged in 3rds.
The strummer version will be next.