The Ultimate Chord Challenge: Can You Play These Progressions?

Darrell Braun recently presented a video where he demonstrated 10 of his hardest-to-play chord voicings, all of which stretch over four or five frets. If you missed that lesson, you can check it out here.

After posting the video, Darrell says, “I got a lot of questions asking, ‘Can you use them in a song?’ So for today’s challenge, what we’re going to do is put all these difficult chords together in two different songs, and we’re going to see if you guys can play them.”

Darrell presents two examples: one in a major key and another in a minor key, and each using four chords. His demonstrations will help you practice the chords and understand how they can be linked together in a way that’s musical and harmonically interesting.

For more of Darrell’s videos, check out his YouTube channel.

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Christopher Scapelliti

Christopher Scapelliti is editor-in-chief of Guitar Player magazine, the world’s longest-running guitar magazine, founded in 1967. In his extensive career, he has authored in-depth interviews with such guitarists as Pete Townshend, Slash, Billy Corgan, Jack White, Elvis Costello and Todd Rundgren, and audio professionals including Beatles engineers Geoff Emerick and Ken Scott. He is the co-author of Guitar Aficionado: The Collections: The Most Famous, Rare, and Valuable Guitars in the World, a founding editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine, and a former editor with Guitar WorldGuitar for the Practicing Musician and Maximum Guitar. Apart from guitars, he maintains a collection of more than 30 vintage analog synthesizers.