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Dusty Delta Day: Basics, Form & Chords


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The tune features a simple chord progression that is repeated throughout the song. The chords are D7 (I7), Am7 (Vm7), and G7 (IV7), with a quick C7 (bVII) near the end of the 24 bar progression. The presence of the dominant IV chord (G7) and a bVII chord make this progression mixolydian.

The role of the guitar here is nothing more than a solid accompaniment for the vocal and narrative. You'll find this type of guitar approach in all genres, but it is quite prevalent in folk music. Supporting a vocal with a solid foundation without getting in the way is an important skill for any guitarist to learn.
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