I heard the track “Explorers” from the new Muse album last week. They used a really pretty chord progression on the outro that caught my ear. Here’s a quick lesson on it!
Here are all the chords I used in the video above. (The notation shows fret numbers on all six strings, EADGBE.)
Something really fascinating about this progression, part of what makes it sound so compelling, is that there’s a note in each chord that descends by a semitone with every chord change.The way Muse plays it, it’s not really emphasized, but it’s there.
Here’s the note in each chord that follows the descent: