Example1 Harmonised major scales using close and open voicings
G Major harmonised close voicings – R-3-5-7 on fourth, third, second and first strings G Major harmonised open voicings – R-5-7-3 on fourth, third, second and first strings D Major harmonised close voicings – R-3-5-7 on fifth, fourth, third and second strings D Major harmonised open voicings – R-7-3-5 on fifth, fourth, third, second and first strings Here are four sets of chord shapes (voicings) derived from harmonised Major scales that are useful in all styles of playing, including jazz, funk, soul, country and blues etc. The Harmonised G Major scale shapes are on the top four strings of your guitar. Set 1 is ‘close’ voiced (R-3-5-7), and set 2 is ‘open’ (R-5-7-3) voiced. The harmonised D Major scale shapes are on different string groupings because of the spread of the notes. Set 3 is ‘close’ (R-3-5-7) and is the same as Set 1 but on the ‘inside’ strings of the guitar (fifth, fourth, third and second strings). Set 4 is even more open-voiced (R-7-3-5) with a wider spread over five strings. The gap in the voicing (by not using the fourth string) helps stop the chord voicings from getting too muddy.