Tuition: Chord Clinic – part one

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Welcome to the first instalment of a new series in which tutor Rod Fogg will help expand your chord vocabulary. No matter what your level of ability, there’s always room to improve. First, let’s go right back to basics… Open-string chords Above are the five basic major chord shapes. We call these open-string chords because they are down at the More...

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By Guitar-Bass.net On Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
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Chord Library: E6 add 9

Try using this rich-sounding E6 add 9 in place of an Emaj7 to add a little – well actually a lot – of extra spice if you find yourself at the dusty end of the neck. You’ll find the sweet chime More...

By Guitar-Bass.net On Thursday, August 21st, 2014
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Chord Library: D5b9

Only three notes, but what an impact the three notes in this D5b9 have. The formula for this voicing – from lowest note to highest – is root, fifth and flattened ninth. Resolve the tension in this chord by following More...

By Guitar-Bass.net On Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
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Chord Library: G9maj7

The sharp-eyed might spot that this is essentially a D suspended chord with a bassy G provided by your thumb instead of a treble G, but it’s an interesting spin on the more common version and we think you’ll More...

By Guitar-Bass.net On Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
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Chord Library: Emaj7(9)

This chord is perfect for a little bit of late evening bluffer’s boss nova (just think in the style of Girl From Ipanema). Throw in the alternating bassline on the low E and it may even sound like you know what More...

By Guitar-Bass.net On Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
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Chord Library: Am13 & Am7

When the funk grabs you – as occasionally it surely must – this little move might come in handy. Either hammer-on to the eighth fret on the B string with your pinkie, or slide up your third finger to move seamlessly More...

By Guitar-Bass.net On Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
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Chord Library: F#m7sus4

A singer-songwriters’ favourite chord for a bit of edgy, droney minor texture, the F#m7sus4 can sit in almost anywhere during a song and add a certain something. Simply shifting the shape up the neck to the 5th, More...

By Guitar-Bass.net On Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
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Chord Library: Bb7#9

The fingering of this simple jazzy voicing of B flat dominant seventh, sharp ninth is relatively simple, and once mastered it’s a handy little chord to have in the arsenal – ideal to spice up jazz or funk progressions, More...

By Guitar-Bass.net On Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
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Chord Library: F#m7b5

The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson is never one to shy away from a few strange chords here and there, and this diminished chord with a minor 7 was used for Don’t Talk Put Your Head On My Shoulder from the classic More...

By Guitar-Bass.net On Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
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Chord Library: Fsus2

Also known as F5add2, of the numerous voicings of Fsus2 this one shouldn’t be too tricky for most guitarists to master and it’s a healthy addition to anyone’s chord armoury. Using your first finger to barre More...