Ex­am­ple 2 Ex­tended Chords

Guitar Techniques - - Play Better Chords! -

Here we ex­tend our ba­sic tri­ads (1, 3, 5) to four-note chords (1, 3, 5, 7) and be­yond – all the way to the 13th (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13). Please note though, that for many ex­tended chords it is com­mon to omit sev­eral notes, es­pe­cially on gui­tar, where there are only so many strings and fin­gers avail­able. The least com­mon chord tones to omit would be the 3rd and 7th as these tell you so much about the chord. The com­mon­est note to lose is the 5th, as you see in the shapes from bar 1 and 3 of our ex­am­ple (Gm11 and Bb13). No­tice how the 11th is left out too for our Bb13th. This is also a com­mon oc­cur­rence. The pro­gres­sion is in G mi­nor, but has sev­eral notes ‘stick­ing out’, adding colours of G Do­rian (C9) and G Phry­gian (Bb13), in ad­di­tion to the chro­matic move­ments of the var­i­ous chords in bars 8, 12 and 15. Ex­per­i­ment with mov­ing some of these ex­tended chord shapes around, chro­mat­i­cally or in any other pat­tern you see fit… there are lots of great sounds to be found!


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