Chords: On the 1st 3 Strings (1)

I introduced alternative power chord fingerings, using the higher (thinner) strings, in a previous lesson. In this, and the next few posts, I introduce other chord patterns, beginning with the high e, b, and g strings.

Recall that chords, at the basic level, use three notes. For example, the C chord uses the notes C, E, G, and the C minor chord varies only in the middle note: C Eb G. The lowest note of the C chord can be C, E or G, with the other notes stacked above it - each voicing gives a slightly different feel from one another. We will cover chords with the root note, the 'C' note in the case of the C chord, as the lowest note of the chord.

If you didn't get any of the above, leave your questions in the comments, or just play the following chords:
-3---3--
-5---4--
-5---5--
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C . Cm

All the chords in the C major key can be played as such:
-3--5--7-8--10-12---
-5--6--8-10-12-13---
-5--7--9-10-12-14---
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C Dm Em F G Am

And you can pluck them as well, for example:
-------------7-7--------------------8-8-
-----8-8----------------10-10-----------
-9-9-----9-9------10-10-------10-10-----
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-------------5-5--------------------10-10-
-----6-6----------------12-12-------------
-7-7-----7-7------12-12-------12-12-------
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...and end off with a straight forward descending C scale:
-8-7----------------
-----10-8-----------
----------10-9-7----
-----------------10-
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By the way, read more about playing scales here.

6 comments:

Tim said...

The link to learning more about scales doesn't work for me.

Tim said...

Do you know of any techniques to playing triads so they sound better when played together. Maybe find common notes of the triads or pedal tones? Sometimes playing triads can be quite plain for lead playing.

Teeb Yaaj said...

how to you do sharps? Ex* C#,F#,G# etc.....

Steven said...

You just use a sharp note as the root. Ex C# is

e-4
B-6
G-6
D--
A--
E--

liam said...
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liam said...

So if i Played a G chord over the G triad in the c Major key would it work


--8--
--10-
--10- Then would i play a G chord
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- G

Im just a bit confused on how to use those 3 string chords ??