Saturday, 15 November 2014

G# Guitar Chord / Ab Guitar Chord

Today's Guitar Chord of the Day is Ab or G# (pronounced A flat or G sharp)
 
The G# guitar chord and Ab guitar chord are enharmonic, this means the two different names refer to the same pitch and chord. Depending on the key you're playing in you may see this chord referred to as either G# major or Ab major. Whichever label is used the fingering for this chord is the same.
A flat guitar chord
G sharp major guitar chord

This fingering is easy to play being a simple F major chord moved up the 4th fret. Be careful not to play the bottom 2 strings.
Abguitar chord

The next fingering is a barre chord, this lets you play all six strings of the guitar. Lay your first finger just behind the 4th fret and use your remaining left hand fingers to play the guitar's A, D and G strings.
Ab major guitar barre chord
G# major guitar barre chord

Play each guitar string individually to make sure that each note is sounding clearly.
Ab major guitar barre chord

Barre chords can be moved around the guitar next to easily play any major chord:
  • 1st fret = F
  • 2nd fret = F#/Gb
  • 3rd fret = G
  • 4th fret = G#/Ab
  • 5th fret = A
  • 6th fret = A#/Bb
  • 7th fret = B
  • 8th fret = C
  • 9th fret = C#/Db
  • 10th fret = D
  • 11th fret = D#/Eb
  • 12th fret = E

Major chords use the 1st, 3rd and 5th notes from the major scale:
G# = G#, B#, D#
Ab = Ab, C, Eb

Our chord uses the notes in these order:
G#, D#, G#, B#, D#, G#
Ab, Eb, Ab, C, Eb, Ab

Try playing this chord in different positions and tune back soon for another guitar chord of the day.

Petrushka Guitar Chord

Today's Guitar Chord of the Day is 

The Petrushka chord is a frequently used polychord used in Igor Stravinsky's ballet Petrushka. These two major triads, C major and F# major - a tritone apart, these two chords clash when sounded together and create a dissonant chord.

There are a number of ways to finger this chord on the guitar this inversion is up on the 8th fret:

petrushka guitar chord
petrushka guitar chord



The C major chord uses the notes C, E and G
The F# major chord uses the notes F#, A# and C#

Polychords use the notes of two chords together and are written like this:
       C
       F#
Polychords shouldn't be confused with slash chords. Slash chords indicate a chord with an alternate bass note. So C / F# is a slash chord that is played as a C major chord with F# in the bass.



Wednesday, 5 March 2014

C# Guitar Chord / Db Guitar Chord

The C# guitar chord and Db guitar chord are enharmonic, this means the two different names refer to the same pitch and chord. Depending on the key you're playing in you may see this chord referred to as either C# major or Db major. Whichever label is used the fingering for this chord is the same.
C# guitar chord

Db guitar chord

The first fingering is derived from an open C major chord, shifted up 1 fret, creating a C sharp / D flat chord.

C# guitar chord

The next fingering is a barre chord with the root note on the A string.
Db guitar chord

Db major guitar chord


To play the barre chord place your finger firmly behind the 4th fret.
C# guitar chord



Major chords use these notes from the major scale: 1, 3, 5
C# uses these notes = C#, E#, G#
Db uses these notes = Db, F, Ab

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Monday, 3 March 2014

G# minor guitar chord / Ab minor guitar chord

The G# guitar chord and Ab guitar chord are enharmonic, this means the two different names refer to the same pitch and chord. Depending on the key you're playing in you may see this chord referred to as either G# minor or Ab minor. Whichever label is used the fingering for this chord is the same.
G# minor guitar chord

G# min guitar chord
This chord is played using a half-barre. Here your first finger lays across the top 3 strings of the guitar at the 4th fret.
G#min guitar chord

The next inversion is similar but has its root note on the bottom E string and doesn't involve a barre.
G#m guitar chord
G#m guitar chord


Some find this chord easier to play if you're having difficulty with barre chords.

Ab minor guitar chord

The final inversion of G#minor allows us to play all 6 strings.
G#minor guitar chord
G#minor guitar chord


Lay your first finger across all 6 strings just behind the 4th fret.
G#minor guitar chord


Minor chords use these scale degrees: 1, b3, 5
G#minor = G#, B, D#
Abminor = Ab, Cb, Eb

There are hundreds of chords listed at Guitar Chord of the Day, browse through and learn some new favourite guitar chords.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

D7 Guitar Chord

Today's Guitar Chord of the Day is D7. This chord is easy to play in open position and is used in thousands of songs. To remember this fingering you can think of it as a mirror image of a regular D major chord.
D7 Guitar Chord
D7th Guitar Chord

When playing this D7 Guitar Chord it's important not to play the bottom E string as this not is not in the chord.

D7 Guitar Chord

7th chords are constructed using these scale degrees: 1, 3, 5, b7
D7 uses these notes: D, F#, A, C

Here is another fingering of the D7 chord. This inversion is in 3rd position and is simply a C7 chord moved up two frets.

D7 guitar chord

D7 guitar chord
Be careful not to play either E string when playing this chord.

D7 guitar chord


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Thursday, 20 February 2014

Cminor guitar chord

Today's Guitar Chord of the Day is Cminor. Cminor can also be written as Cm, Cmin or even C- these symbols all represent the same chord. We'll look at two different fingerings of the Cminor chord, one easy version that doesn't require a barre and a slightly more tricky version that requires a barre on the 3rd fret.

 This first fingering involves playing only the top four strings.
Cminor guitar chord
Cmin guitar chord
Place your fingers close to the frets and listen carefully to make sure each string sounds clearly
Cm guitar chord

The next inversion is very similar but uses a barre at the 3rd fret. Here, you lay your first finger just behind the 3rd fret across the top 5 strings.

Cminor guitar chord
C minor guitar chord
You can also barre across the bottom E string and play all 6 strings if you wish.

C min guitar chord

Minor chords are constructed using these scale degrees: 1, b3, 5
Cminor uses these notes = C, Eb, G


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Monday, 3 February 2014

Bb minor guitar chord

Today's guitar chord of the day is Bb minor and we'll be looking at two different fingerings for this chord. The first fingering is the easiest as it doesn't involve a barre and uses just the top four strings.
Bb minor guitar chord
A# minor guitar chord
Place your fingertips just behind the fret to get a clean sound with no buzzing.

Bbm guitar chord
The second fingering of this chord uses a barre. Here we lay the edge of your first finger just behind the first fret.
Bb min guitar chord
Bb minor guitar chord

Play each note of the Bb minor chord individually and make sure that they all sound cleanly with no buzzing.
Bb minor guitar chord


Minor chords use these scale degrees: 1, b3, 5
Bb minor uses these notes = Bb, Db, F

These chords are movable, playing the same fingering on another fret transposes the chord to a different key:

1st fret Bb minor / A# minor
  • 2nd fret B minor
  • 3rd fret C minor
  • 4th fret Db minor / C# minor
  • 5th fret D minor
  • 6th fret Eb minor / D# minor
  • 7th fret E minor
  • 8th fret F minor
  • 9th fret Gb minor / F# minor
  • 10th fret G minor
  • 11th fret Ab minor / G# minor