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Harmony Shuffle

The chord diagrams for the three-note "E" and "A" Chord Harmony Shuffles are shown below. They are two bar progressions where each diagramed chord is played for two beats. They sound great played with your fingers or a pick. The Harmony Shuffle which grew out of Blues music, was taken uptown for the verse to Eric Clapton's 1996 hit Change The World.

Other examples of the three-note "E" and "A" chord harmony shuffle can be found in Steppenwolf's cover of Hoyt Axton's The Pusher. The progression goes this way: "E7-E7sus4/6-E7(no3rd)-E7sus4/6". All that's different is that the open "D" string is played, not muted. Another example is Cream's Swlabr. The verse progression is as follows: "E-E7sus4/6-E-A-G". There's lots of places that you can use these harmony shuffles. For example, I play my version of C.C. Rider creating a shuffle progression by going back and forth between only the first two diagrams ["E-A/E-E-A/E"].

"E" Chord Harmony Shuffle

"E" Chord
E||-x-|---|---|---|---|--
B||-x-|---|---|---|---|--
G||-1-|---|---|---|---|--
D||---|-x-|---|---|---|--
A||---|-2-|---|---|---|--
E||---|---|---|---|---|--

"A/E" Chord
E||---|-x-|---|---|---|--
B||---|-x-|---|---|---|--
G||---|-1-|---|---|---|--
D||---|---|---|-x-|---|--
A||---|---|---|-3-|---|--
E||---|---|---|---|---|--

"E7(no3rd)" Chord
E||---|---|---|-x-|---|--
B||---|---|---|-x-|---|--
G||---|---|---|-1-|---|--
D||---|---|---|---|-x-|--
A||---|---|---|---|-2-|--
E||---|---|---|---|---|--

"A/E" Chord
E||---|-x-|---|---|---|--
B||---|-x-|---|---|---|--
G||---|-1-|---|---|---|--
D||---|---|---|-x-|---|--
A||---|---|---|-3-|---|--
E||---|---|---|---|---|--


"A" Chord Harmony Shuffle

"A" Chord
E||---|-x-|---|---|---|--
B||---|-3-|---|---|---|--
G||---|-x-|---|---|---|--
D||---|-2-|---|---|---|--
A||---|---|---|---|---|--
E||---|-x-|---|---|---|--

"D/A" Chord
E||---|---|-x-|---|---|--
B||---|---|-1-|---|---|--
G||---|---|---|-x-|---|--
D||---|---|---|-2-|---|--
A||---|---|---|---|---|--
E||---|---|---|-x-|---|--

"A7(no3rd)" Chord
E||---|---|---|---|---|--
B||---|---|---|---|-3-|--
G||---|---|---|---|-x-|--
D||---|---|---|---|-2-|--
A||---|---|---|---|---|--
E||---|---|---|---|-x-|--

"D/A" Chord
E||---|---|-x-|---|---|--
B||---|---|-1-|---|---|--
G||---|---|---|-x-|---|--
D||---|---|---|-2-|---|--
A||---|---|---|---|---|--
E||---|---|---|-x-|---|--


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