Chord Clinic: Slash Chords – Descending Basslines

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Following on from our initial lesson on slash chords, Rod Fogg introduces some new progressions with descending basslines that will bring a Motown feel to your chord sequences… This lesson, Chord Clinic carries on from last issue’s introduction to slash chords. Slash chords have a note other than the root note in the bass. They are notated More...

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By Guitar-Bass.net On Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
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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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By Guitar-Bass.net On Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
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Chord Clinic – Part 3 : Seventh chords

Seventh chords can evoke distinctly dreamy or unsettling emotions, as exemplified on George Harrison’s Something or David Bowie’s Life On Mars. Here, Rod Fogg unravels the real value of the seventh… Seventh More...

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By Guitar-Bass.net On Thursday, October 8th, 2015
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Tuition: Chord Clinic – part one

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 More...

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...