ExAmplE Bon IVeR style
[Bar 1] We start with an open A minor 7 chord shape. pay particular attention to the ‘G’ on the 3rd fret of the first string. This is going to feature in every chord all the way through and is what’s known as a ‘common-tone’, a great tool to act as a consistent sounding hinge between many different chords. listen out for the slight swing feel used as well. [Bar 3] Here is one of those chord ‘adjustments’. Instead of playing G major I’ve used a Gsus4; it’s softer sounding, with neither major nor minor tonality. Raise the 3rd in any major chord by a semitone and there you have it! [Bar 12] Watch out for the triplet hammer- on figure at the end of this bar. These are common in Vernon’s style - and also feature in the playing of singer-songwriter James Taylor - so make sure you can execute this embellishment without losing your timing. [Bar 15] Space is also a useful device. You don’t want to use just one rhythm all the way through as it can become predictable. Chords without major or minor thirds – suspended chords – are great for space for, as their name suggests, they just hang there!