Archive for the ‘Chords’ Category

Chord Theory 3: Extended Chords

In the previous chords post we learned about seventh chords. Today we are going to add even more notes on top to create extended chords.

Chord Theory 2: Seventh Chords

In the last chord families post we looked at every possible three note combination of stacked major and minor thirds. Today we’re going to look at each of the four note combinations.

Chord Theory 1: Basic Triads

Many guitar students know a few open chords and the ‘basic’ barre chord shapes, but get discouraged from furthering their chord vocabulary due to off-putting nomenclature (Gb7#9b13 anybody?) and immense (not to mention mostly useless) chord dictionaries with ’10,000 Chords You Must Know’ – just where is the student supposed to start? And what is [...]

The CAGED System 4: 7th Chords

Like we did in the first CAGED article, today we are going to begin with the basic open shapes of the various seventh chords, and then develop moveable, and barred versions of those open chords.

Blank Music Paper

I’ve been working on a few up-coming posts about rhythm reading – and I’ve been using the Lilypond music engraver to prepare the notation. In doing so I’ve also discovered how to create blank manuscript and blank TAB paper. I also grabbed out the old templates I’ve been using to create my chord charts.

Essential Open Chords

Today I thought I’d post a pdf of a convenient chart of the most common open chord grips. Every player should be familiar with these simple shapes (even the slightly obscure ones such as 7sus4 chords) since they help develop more interesting movable shapes later on.

The CAGED System 1: Basic Chords

The CAGED system is a convenient way of thinking about chord and scale shapes. It makes it easy to link positions together and create larger scale patterns and alternative chord voicings.

Reading Chord/Scale Diagrams

Diagrams are an easy way to visualise where to put your fingers when learning chords or scales.