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Introduction to Chord Voicings – Willin’

Finding interesting chord voicings for common chords is an art. It makes your riff instantly recognizable, and it also makes your guitar playing stand out. This is an introductory lesson to chord voicings, and I chose the riff of country song Willin’, to demonstrate it.

The key to finding really good chord voicings is if they relate to each other, if the notes lead to each other. This is called voice leading, and we will discuss this in further lessons. In this video it shows perfectly. The chords lead into each other in a very effortless, natural way, and even though it sounds nothing like the chords you’re used to, it’s still just G, Bm and Em. Even the C has a small twist that makes it sound special. And just wait ’till you see how this riff ends.