Chords

Guitar Techniques - - PLAY: THEORY -

This seC­Tion Con­Tains some greaT blues ChorD fin­ger­ings Here you’ll find some chord boxes to study and then a demon­stra­tion piece that puts th­ese shapes into prac­tice. Many of the fin­ger­ings work well in other styles too, as the blues genre forms the foun­da­tion of rock, jazz and soul mu­sic. It is worth not­ing that the best re­sults of­ten come from us­ing chord frag­ments, and most play­ers rarely play the full five or six-string chord shapes - par­tic­u­larly live, where bass or key­boards will be tak­ing care of cer­tain fre­quen­cies and we don’t want to muddy the wa­ter. The 7th chords are of­ten used in the blues and th­ese are em­bel­lished by var­i­ous ex­ten­sions (9th, 11th, 13th). To add yet more colour, th­ese ex­ten­sions can be al­tered (b9, #9, #11, b5, #5).

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