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We can build on the E, E6 and E7 shuffle (and the similar in A), but extend it to chords. Instead of E6, you might play an A/C# chord. The /C# means that you are playing a C# as bass note, which again means that you are playing the chord in first inversion. Here we get a little bit into chord substitution. The chord might be also be written as F#m7. But we will not discuss that in this lesson. Then we move the chord up to a G, played as an E-chord moved up to 4th/5th fret. Play these chords as closed position chords => do not play any open strings.

Over the A-chord, we play D (or Bm7) instead of the A6, and we play C instead of the A7. Again you play them as closed position chords. In this progression, I prefer to play the A-chord as a partial barré with 1st finger fretting 2nd, 3rd and 4th strings in 2nd fret. It takes some time to get this position to sound good: To fret three strings in a way that gives you a clear tone, and at the same time not touch the 1st string. In this harmonized shuffle, we do not play the 1st string, so it does not really matter if you touch it with your 1st finger. I also prefer to play the C-chord as a similar partial barré, but now played with the 3rd finger. It takes some time to get this right.

As usual, the B7 gives us some trouble. If you want to continue the harmonized shuffle, you can move the closed A patterns two frets up. But you might also just go out of the harmonized shuffle and play a more simple pattern over the B7 chord.

The fingerings for the A/C# (F#m7), G, D (Bm7) and C are shown below. If you take a sidestep to my Harmonized fretboard lesson, you will find a discussion of these sonic shapes, labeled E/Am shape, Middle minor shape, A-shape and Middle D-shape.

A/C# (F#m7) G D/F# (Bm7) C

You might prefer not to play the middle note, just the two on the outer strings. Experiment with it!

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If we look at the harmonized shuffle as a chord progression, it can be labeled a I-IV-IIIb progression, or if we shift the order, a I-IIIb-IV progression. This chord progression is discussed in my lesson A Green Onion After Midnight will Change the World - The I - IIIb - IV and I - IV - IIIb progression.

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