Chord Clinic: Powerchords – Two note tricks

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Remove the third from your chords and you get the appropriately named powerchord, a staple of rock, punk and pop music. Rod Fogg shows you how to beef up your playing using only two notes…  Previous Chord Clinics have tended to concentrate on adding notes to chords (such as sevenths, ninths and elevenths) or altering the notes in a chord (such as More...

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Chord Clinic – Part 4 – Root Manoeuvres & Slash Chords

So far, we’ve looked at adding interesting notes to chords – suspended seconds and fourths, sevenths and added ninths. Here, Rod Fogg moves on to altering the bass note of a chord to something other than the More...

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Chord Clinic – Part 3 : Seventh chords

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Jon Gomm’s Top 10 Tips

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Tuition: Chord Clinic – Part 2: sus Chords

Suspended chords can create an ethereal, hypnotic feel, and are a valuable addition to your chord vocabulary. In the second instalment of this series, Rod Fogg delves into the world of the ‘sus’ shapes… Sus2 More...

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Tuition: Chord Clinic – part one

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How to… Record Bass

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