Watch the Open and Say Ahh online guitar lesson by Rich Maloof from 50 Acoustic Guitar Licks You MUST Know

Our course opens up, appropriately enough, with a progression of open chords. Grabbing an E shape and moving it around the neck makes for some gorgeous changes, and thanks to the open strings you get a mix of common tones and oblique motion (where some voices change and others stay on the same notes). It's a strummer's paradise when all six strings are ringing loud and true -- and you can even add in some great tension when you want it.