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Watch the Classic Rock: Technique 1 online guitar lesson by Robbie Calvo from RhythmCraft

The acoustic guitar has been used beautifully in so many classic rock songs from Bad Company to Led Zeppelin. Bands like Nickelback and Mr.Big also used the acoustic guitar to add texture to their particular style of rock as well.

For this example I want to show you some simple chord shapes to play the groove on this classic rock piece in open position and further up the fretboard. The obvious open position chords to play on this progression work great but I'm going to show you some variations using 7ths and chords that have a common top note. Adding the common tone helps to tie the chord changes together and creates a harmonic hook. Check out the video to see what I'm talking about.

Barre chords also work great on this progression but tend to take up a lot of harmonic frequencies and sound very full. If you are the only harmony instrument in the band that might be exactly what you want to do. If you are playing with another guitarist or keyboard player, try using the cool open string chords I'm showing you here. These chords sound really open and also allow you to pull out the wide dynamic and percussive attributes of the acoustic guitar. Of course anything we play on the acoustic guitar can be played on the electric as well.

Jam along with the track using these new voicings and try to bring out the subtleties of each chord with the right hand strumming and muting techniques.