Watch the Updraft online guitar lesson by Rich Maloof from 50 Acoustic Guitar Licks You MUST Know

When the key lends itself to open E and B strings, you can turn the interior strings of many barre chords into open-voicings without going too far astray. Check out how this example in A major has a nice climb from an A chord to a D chord, all with an open A on the bottom and a mix of G's, B's, and E's on top.

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