Chord progressions over music backing tracks

Logo and guitar in the backgroundIn these backing tracks, the guitar parts are removed so you can practice with the enjoyment of an authentic musical experience.

To see instructions for the changes in the chord progressions click at the "Start music / chord changes"-button and you will start the backing track plus the real-time chord changes which can be seen in the empty field.

Beginner chord progressions – lesson 1

The lesson series beginner level starts with a simple two chord change. Am and Em are among the first chords to learn and it's easy to shift between these chords. Scroll down for chord diagrams. In 4/4 time with 80 beats per minute, a bar will last 3 seconds.

Am | Em | Am | Em

1st bar | 2nd bar | 3rd bar | 4th bar

Start the practice by clicking the button below (this will start the backing track and show chord changes).

Repeats: 5 times
BPM: 80
Time signature: 4/4

Click the buttons to play or pause the audio.

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Chord diagrams

If index plus middle fingers are used for the Em, the middle finger doesn’t need to be lifted at all in the changes (the same is true for Am7 - Em7). Another viable method is to use the middle and ring finger as a group plus involve the index finger for the Am chord.


  • Am chord diagram X02210


  • Em chord diagram 022000

Alternative chords diagrams

These are alternative chords and fingerings to use. Obviously Am is replaced with Am7 and Em with Emadd9. You can either include one or both. If you manage, you could play both Am and Am7 and Em and Emadd9 in the same bar, as in the sequence Am - Am7 | Em - Emadd9.


  • Am7 chord diagram X02213


  • Emadd9 chord diagram 022002

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