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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