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How Guitar Chordal Fills Work

From Playing Guitar Chords to Writing Songs

Now that you've learned how to play chordal fills in a basic progression, you're just an inspiration away from creating classic, masterful songs like James Taylor's "Fire and Rain." The concluding segment of this tutorial uses the chordal fill technique to transfo­rm a simple three-chord progression into an actual song, demonstrating melody, rhythm and harmony.

At this point, the possibilities are virtually limitless. You've discovered a skeleton key to writing and playing songs on the guitar. As you continue to study this technique, you'll be able to create new and different fills, arriving at a sound all your own.

If you'd like to continue filling your musical repertoire with more guitar tips and techniques, check out the rest of the video articles on the next page.