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I have a song with chords cm-fm-G7-cm-cm-fm-Bb-Eb-fm-G7-cm-Bb-Ab-fm-G-Ab-G7-cm and the chorus is fm-Bb7-Eb-cm/Eb-fm6-cm/Eb-D-G

These are pretty difficult to play on guitar and i was wondering what could i do to make these chords easier to play on the guitar either with capo or changing the key slightly.... Please help.

  • I would just voice them to be more easy. Like play B chords up the neck a bit and only use the middle four strings. – Todd Wilcox Oct 28 '15 at 1:03
  • I've never heard of "the key of flat"... – jjmusicnotes Oct 29 '15 at 5:37
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The 'b' you mention may actually be Bb in the original. I've heard that in some countries B is Bb (I don't know whether this is still the case) so that's a possibility here.

You can capo the third fret and finger the chords as (I'm assuming the Bb):

Am Dm E7 Am Am Dm G C Dm E7 Am G F Dm E F E7 Am

Dm G C Am/C Dm6 Cm/C B E

It may help to play the final B and E as 7 chords.

I'm not a particularly skilled guitarist but I could manage these chords pretty easily as bar chords. You may want to look those up for consideration. A hard-to-play acoustic might be a bit tough but I think that you can do it. If the bar chords are hard, have a look at voicing differently (as Todd Wilcox suggested). If you're finger picking you can play a root in the bottom (except where otherwise noted during the chorus) and 3 notes somewhere above -- for a seventh you can skip the root in the upper notes and instead play the 3rd, 5th, and 7th.

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In key, that B should be played as a Bb. The G# will be Ab. Now, all the chords come from C minor. The numbers for them are Cm=I. D=II. Eb=III. Fm=IV. G=V. Ab=VI. Bb=VII. I've put Roman numerals in caps for simplicity.

Now the sequence is -

I, IV, V, I;     I, IV, VII, III;      IV, V, I, VI;     IV, V, VI, V;    I.

Just about any key will give at least one problematic chord, but now, you can use the formula to find the chords in any key. A minor wouldn't be too bad, with Am B C Dm E F and G. Em would work, with Em F# G Am B and C. But there is always going to be an awkward to play chord somewhere. Using barres totally will make playing easier - but only if you play barre chords well.

  • try 'code' indentation to preserve spaces. – hpaulj Oct 28 '15 at 11:22
  • @hpaulj - thanks, but I'm ignorant! What's 'code'? – Tim Oct 28 '15 at 12:03
  • @Tim: If a group of lines which are indented by four spaces are preceded and followed by blank lines, they will be rendered, without the leading spaces, in a monospace font. It's also possible to enclose a small piece of test in ` characters like this to render it in a monospaced font. – supercat Dec 4 '16 at 1:17
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Those are some crazy chord progressions, you could down-tune to eb standard and that would make your eb chord open and more accessible and then move all your chords up 1/2 step or 1 fret.

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You could try it down a half step (~ down one fret). That would be this:

bm-em-F#7-bm-bm-em-A-D-em-F#7-bm-A-G-em-F#-G-F#7-bm

em-A7-D-bm/D-em6-bm/D-C#-F#

If you're singing along to this song changing the key down a half step is probably still within your range. The C# chord could be played C#7 instead if that's easier. As a side note I think it makes it a lot easier to read the progression if you show the chord quality with the case of the letter. Also spelling counts! G# isn't the same thing as Ab. And following the lead of some other answers, I take your original B chords to be Bb chords.

  • On most instruments, G# is the same as Ab. However, naming it Ab in this situation is correct - or is that what you mean? – Tim Oct 28 '15 at 12:07
  • Yeah, I meant that it matters conceptually, not that it would be tuned differently. – Alex Oct 28 '15 at 17:47
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    You could also just put the capo on fret 1 and you would play the same chord voicings. Then, as too many guitar players do, you could still refer to the Cm that is being played as a Bm (because it is the shape of a Bm with no capo). Second sentence is just to be snarky, feel free to disregard. – Basstickler Oct 28 '15 at 19:59

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