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Guitar skills: Expand your mind with these ingenious prog chords

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Guitar skills: Stretch fingers and tonal textures with these progressive rock chords...

Three of the chords use open strings to add size and space to the chords. This is a trick often used by players like Alex Lifeson of Rush and John Petrucci of Dream Theater.

The F#add9#11 chord has a bright Lydian mode flavour and instantly brings Steve Vai or Joe Satriani to mind.

The Mikael Åkerfeldt-style F#m add9 is somber, but also very colourful - perfect for an Opeth song.

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