What is the easiest way to play I-V-vi-IV on guitar?

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  • What is the easiest way to play I-V-vi-IV on guitar?


Answer #1 | 22/12 2013 20:33
G works best for me. C is pretty easy too. You have identified the progression and the chords (in C) you need to play. I would suggest that you consider a variation which is quite common (in fact, I would bet more common than the one you cited): Try I vi IV V (in C that would be C Am F G). You could play the same progression in G (G Em C D). Just play the open chords. With a capo, you can expand that to almost any key you need. Using the G progression you could capo up to the fourth fret for B and using the C progression you could get to E on the fourth fret. I generally don't prefer to capo any higher than that but I have known it done. While you are learning, be sure to learn the Pentatonic scale. Good luck.
Answer #2 | 22/12 2013 23:33
Rodney's answer is good but so direct that you may have missed some basics. The I-V-vi-IV is a "progression" of chords - a useful arrangement of chords for any key. The key then dictates which basic chords are used for the progression. The "easiest" bunch of chords to play for many are "first position" chords, near the nut. They often use unfretted strings that are just included in a strum, so less work for your left hand. With what you're learning so far, I'd recommend learning a D, then it's an easy I-IV-V using G C D for the key of G (and pick up the easy Emin if you like). (And since you're already working on the chords, try Amin G F G Amin...)
Answer #3 | 23/12 2013 04:22
Ask your guitar teacher to help you with this. C is a very easy key, as are G and D.
Answer #4 | 23/12 2013 08:20
key of C is easier

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