How To "Walk" Between Your Chords 

Guitar players are always looking for ways to spice up their playing and walking between your chords is a simple and versatile way to do it.  Let's have a look at a number of ways to walk between your chords in the key of C.

 

You don't need to keep this to the key of C but for now here are a few great songs that you can learn and add some simple walks into.  If you don't have a Worship Artistry account you can sign up for a free one here.

Album:

Tempo: Medium

Song Key: C

Jesus Loves Me

Artist: Chris Tomlin

Only 5 chords on acoustic and a cool lead riff on that second verse.

Lots of big toms in this one.

Straight forward with some great passing tones towards the end

4 chords and capo... wait a second... this is a keyboard, not a guitar!

Album:

Tempo: Up

Song Key: C

My Lighthouse

Artist: Rend Collective

Little bit of alternate tuning on acoustic and we added some other instrumentation on lead.

Simple folk-ish tune!

I taught all the little licks but you can strip it down and play it more simply if you like.

Accordion time

Album:

Tempo: Down

Song Key: C

He Paid It All

Artist: Brandon Heath

Simple acoustic but a TON of lead work. Limber up those fingers.

Album:

Tempo: Medium

Song Key: Db

Because He Lives (Amen)

Artist: Matt Maher

Powerful piano driven song with subtle lead and crisp acoustic.

Pretty straightforward

Great changes and a fun groove.

A major piano tune! Get ready to arpeggiate those chords!

Jason Houtsma serves as Worship Pastor for Mosaic Church in Bellingham, WA, Husband to Alli, Father to Bjorn and Asher, and guitar instructor for WorshipArtistry.com

How To "Walk" Between Your Chords

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Awesome!

Thank you for doing a lesson on this. I was one of, perhaps many, that requested this tutorial. I play rhythm guitar for our music worship group and I have been wanting to learn how to spice up my playing for a while now. I will certainly need to get brushed back up on the "language of music" and scales lessons for certain as you kinda lost me a little on the video. No worries! Just means I've got to step it up and get out of my comfort zone to learn the underlying structure to why skilled guitar players do what they do.

Bless you! I hope to see more from you on this in the future.

-Bill

Love it.

This lesson was a nice additive to other lessons I took on walking into chords. It was a nice review for me and is a technique I really need to work on. I have gotten good at matching rhythm and staying with tempo. Now I'm looking at different ways I can liven up my playing. Do you have any lessons on percussive guitar techniques?

We've got some posts that deal with that.

Check out the Muting Lesson in the 101 section as well as the this post on leading with 2 acoustic guitars.

https://worshipartistry.com/greenroom/playing-tips/how-to-lead-worship-with-two-acoustic-guitars

your acoustic

what are you playing in this video? I have tone envy. great balance on that mamajamma