Learn Guitar Chords Online – How to Cheat at Guitar Chords and Get Away With It

Learn Guitar Chords Online – How to Cheat at Guitar Chords and Get Away With ItMike P Hayes

Even wondered how experienced guitarists seem to navigate their way through even the most difficult chord changes?

What they are playing does not seem to be physically difficult; in many cases the shapes look strangely familiar.

So what’s the deal?

How do they know how to play all these complex chords?

– and how do they do it with ease?

The BIG secret is “plurality”.

Now, I bet you weren’t expecting that!

What the heck is plurality – it sounds like something you’d go to the doctor for treatment.

A “plurality” means a multiple functions.

Here’s an example using the note “C”, if we consider the many double functions that note could have in the various major scales.

In C major scale it’s the 1st and 8th note.

In the F major scale it’s the 5th.

In G major it’s the 4th

Ab major it’s the 3rd and so on.

This double way of thinking can also apply to chords.

Let’s begin with a C major chord (triad)

C = C-E-G

Next, the CMaj7th chord

CMaj7 = C-E-G-B

If we look closely at the CMaj7 chord you will notice that this chord contains the exact same notes as an E minor triad.

Em = E-G-B

CMaj7 = C-E-G-B

Can you see the plurality?

I’ll mark the E minor triad with brackets.

CMaj7 = C-[E-G-B]

Idea #1: This means that while the band played CMaj7 you could play an E minor triad or solo using an E minor arpeggio over their CMaj7 background.

The trick when using chords is to create musical space between yourself and the band by playing higher up the fretboard.

Idea #2: If the band played C major triad you could play an E minor chord or E minor triad to convey the sound of CMaj7th to your audience.

Idea #3: Playing as a duo with a bass player; the bass player played the note C you could play the E minor chord or arpeggio to create the Cmaj7 harmony.

Example of E minor chord higher on the fingerboard:








One example of an E minor arpeggio







Of course this is only just the tick of the musical iceberg.

If we extended our C chord one more step to create CMaj9 we would have many more possibilities.

CMaj9 = C-E-G-B-D

Can you see them?

CMaj9 = C-[E-G-B]-D

E minor = E-G-B

and G major G-B-D

CMaj9 = C-E-[G-B-D]

Again the same concept could apply as before the you could play G major chord over a C major background to create a C Maj9th harmony

You could also move between an E minor or G major chord /arpeggio to create a feeling of movement on a static C major vamp.

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