Watch the Ab Minor Progression online guitar lesson by Tierra Negra from Magic Gypsy Chords & Rhythms
We call this progression "The Colorful".
Place the capo at the 3rd fret.
A soothing sophisticated variation of the typical classical Spanish cadence. Here we sink into the depths of the mysterious flamenco.
If you were playing without the capo, this would be an Ab-minor, but it actually sounds like a B-minor because we have the capo at the 3rd fret.
Every May, gypsies from all over the world make a pilgrimage to a tiny city called Les-Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, in the Camargue region of France. The gypsies celebrate their patron saint by carrying her statue in a procession to the Mediterranean Sea, and with round-the-clock flamenco sessions.
This chord progression is a famous one, used by the lead guitarist from the Gipsy Kings, Tonino Baliardo. It can be heard on many sessions there. The chords mixed with open strings make this progression sound unique. Place the capo at the 3rd position, play these chords, and imagine the blue Mediterranean sky of the Camargue.
When you play our favorite thumb arpeggio for this progression, rest your thumb into each string. Because it’s struck with the thumb, this seemingly rough-sounding arpeggio has a charming flamenco atmosphere.