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Watch the Lesson 13 online guitar lesson by Howard Morgen from Fingerboard Breakthrough

Chord progressions that are based on and follow the movement of ascending and descending stepwise lines are called Line Dependent. They are one of the easiest progressions to spot at a glance since at least three or four of five consecutive chord symbols often share a common root.

To quickly access the moving line implied in the line dependent progressions in Figure 1, maintain common tone root C in the bass voice.

Common tone C is maintained in the bass voice revealing the moving line G, Ab, A, Bb on the fourth string. Notice that Cm, Ab, Cm6, Cm7 actually implies only one harmony (C Minor) with embellishments #5, 6, and b7 generated by the moving line itself. That is why many... > Continued in manual (click Chart button above).