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These two chord progressions are great in both open and barre chord formats. In the open positions, the chords have a looser quality to them depending on the key, but in the barre chord format there is more consistency from key to key, and sliding around the neck is kept to a minimum. Also try anticipating chords in the rhythm to give certain songs a sense of urgency.
Examples: Small Town, Jack and Diane, First Cut is the Deepest, Bad Moon Rising