Watch the Connecting Chords online guitar lesson by Denny Sarokin from Songwriter's Guide to Great Guitar
This begins a series of segments on chords that use notes in the bass to create smooth transitions to other chords. Play an open E - then add an E/F#. - this creates a stair step effect to the IV chord, A. These passing tones suggest bass or left-hand piano parts and make a progression sound more like an arrangement (“Tears In Heaven”).