Us­ing pass­ing chords

Spice up your rhythm!

Guitar Techniques - - • Contents • November 2014 • -

Jon Bishop presents five dif­fer­ent ex­am­ples of how to in­cor­po­rate pass­ing chords into your pro­gres­sions for a more pro­fes­sional sound.

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