Wednesday, 11 December 2013

E7 Guitar Chord

Today's Guitar Chord of The Day is E7 and we're trying out to different fingerings of E7 in open position. Our first E7 chord is an easy guitar chord to play. Start with an E major chord and remove your 3rd finger.
E7 Guitar Chord
E7 Guitar Chord tab

This lets the open D string ring.

E7 Guitar Chord fingering
E7 uses these notes: E, G#, B, D
7th chords use the notes from the major scale: 1, 3, 5, b7

Our second way of playing the E7 Guitar Chord in open position also starts with playing a regular E major chord. This time you add your little finger on the 3rd fret of the B string.
E7 Guitar Chord Box

Here is the fingering for this chord.
E7 Guitar Chord

Try using this chords in a Blues progression in A or E and tune back soon for another guitar chord of the day.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Using Harmonics To Play Guitar Chords | G Major

In a previous Guitar Chord a Day post we introduced the idea of playing guitar chords with harmonics.

Today's guitar chord is a simple G major triad. This can be played in two positions using harmonics, firstly play this chord with harmonics by lightly resting your finger touching the strings over the 12th fret, once you've plucked them you can remove your left hand to let them ring.
Guitar harmonics chords G major
The 12th fret is exactly half way between the bridge and nut of your guitar. Harmonics played here are the same pitch as the fretted note, so harmonics at the 12th fret will have the same pitch as fretting a note at the 12th fret.

We can also play a G major triad using harmonics at the 5th fret.
Guitar chord harmonics G

Guitar chord harmonics G

Guitar harmonics have a beautiful chime like sound and are a simple way to add some tonal variation to common chords.

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G7 Guitar Chord

Today's Guitar Chord of the Day is G7. The G7 chord is a common chord in the key of C and is also used in Blues chord progressions.
The first fingering of this guitar chord is in open position. Note that it has one note different to a standard open G chord.
G7 Guitar Chord
G7 Guitar Chord

It's easy to play this chord with your first finger on the 1st fret of the E string, 2nd finger on the 2nd fret of the A string and 3rd finger on the 3rd fret of the bottom E string.

G dominant 7 Guitar Chord

7th chords use the following notes: 1, 3, 5, b7
G7 uses these notes: G, B, D, F

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Saturday, 7 December 2013

Elektra Chord Guitar

Today's Guitar Chord of the day is the 'Elektra chord'. The Elektra chord is a polychord used by the composer Richard Strauss to represent the title character of his opera Elektra.

Polychord's are chords that are created by playing the notes of two chords at the same time. Here the notes of C# major and E major chord are played together, this results in a dissonant polychord.

Here are the notes of each chord:
  • C#major = C#, E#, G#
  • Emajor  = E, G#, B

Elektra guitar chord

Polychords are written like this with a horizontal line between the two chords:


Elektra guitar chord

It's important to note that polychords are different to slash chords. Slash chords symbols use a forward slash written like this: C#/E this tells us that the chord is a C# major chord with an E in the bass. The other notes of the E major chord are not used for slash chords. With polychords the notes of both chords are played at the same time.

Using polychords opens up a whole new harmonic vocabulary. Check back soon for more polychords at Guitar Chord of the Day.

Asus4 Guitar Chord

Today's Guitar Chord of the Day is Asus4. This chord inversion is played in open position on the guitar:

A suspended 4th guitar chord
Asus4 guitar chord

The Asus4 Guitar Chord can be played by slipping your 3rd finger up one fret when playing an ordinary open A chord.
 Asus4 guitar chord
Ordinary major chords are made from the 1st, 3rd and 5th of the major scale.
Sus4 chords replace the 3rd note of the scale with the 4th: 1, 4, 5

This gives an open, suspended sound as we expect to hear the sus4 chord resolve to a major chord - hence the name suspended 4th.

You don't have to see sus4 chords written down to play them. Anytime you see a major chord, you can try embellishing it with a sus4 chord before playing the major version.

Check out other sus4 guitar chords and tune back soon for another guitar chord of the day.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Quintal Harmony | Advanced Guitar Chords

We played a guitar chord built up in 5ths in a previous post here. Usually chords are constructed from a scale in 3rds: taking every other note, quintal harmony builds chords in 5ths.

quintal guitar chords

With a root note on the 4th fret notes of our chord are: Ab, Eb, Bb, F

guitar chords in 5ths
quintal harmony guitar

Quintal and quartal chords are frequently used in modal music. Rather than playing through chord changes you can improvise taking the quintal voicing through the mode that is being improvised with.

Although this chord is not constructed in a traditional way, we can also think of it as Ab69 (no 3rd).

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Thursday, 5 December 2013

B Major Guitar Chord

Today's Guitar Chord of the Day is B Major. The Bmaj Guitar Chord can be played in several different ways, today we're looking at a couple of inversions that are useful for beginners.

The first version uses a barre across the second fret. To play this inversion lay the side of your first finger just behind the second fret, the remaining fingers are free to hold down the D, G and B strings at the fourth fret.

B major barre chord on guitar
Bmajor guitar barre chord

B guitar chord

If you're having trouble changing quickly to the barre chord this chord can also be played on the top four guitar strings.

B major easy guitar chord
Bmajor easy guitar chord

B major easy guitar chord

Both fingerings of this chord can be moved freely around the guitar's neck:
  • 1st fret: Bb
  • 2nd fret: B
  • 3rd fret: C
  • 4th fret: C#/Db
  • 5th fret: D
  • 6th fret: D#/Eb
  • 7th fret: E
  • 8th fret: F
  • 9th fret: F#/Gb
  • 10th fret: G
  • 11th fret: G#/Ab
  • 12th fret: A

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Tristan Chord for Guitar

Today's Guitar Chord of the Day is the famous 'Tristan' chord from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde. The fingering of this guitar chord is not unusual as it has the same fingering as a m7b5 chord/9th chord.

Tristan chord guitar
The chord can be played on the middle four strings of the guitar:

tristan chord guitar
The way it's used is more unusual: here it functions as a dissonant chord that resolves chromatically to an E dominant 7th chord
Here's the passage in guitar tablature:
You can hear a midi file version of this extract here.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

B minor guitar chord

Today's Guitar Chord of the Day is B minor. This is a common chord and is usually played as a barre chord, but if you haven't mastered barre chords yet then there is another easy fingering for this guitar chord that you can use:
B minor guitar chord

To ensure the notes sound cleanly make sure your fingers are placed close to the frets when you play the Bm chord:

The full barre chord fingering of this chord is played by laying your first finger across the guitar's second fret:
bminor guitar chord

Bminor guitar chord with a barre at the second fret.
Both fingering of this chord can be moved freely around the guitar's neck:
  • 1st fret: Bb minor
  • 2nd fret: B minor
  • 3rd fret: C minor
  • 4th fret: C#/Db minor
  • 5th fret: D minor
  • 6th fret: D#/Eb minor
  • 7th fret: E minor
  • 8th fret: F minor
  • 9th fret: F#/Gb minor
  • 10th fret: G minor
  • 11th fret: G#/Ab minor
  • 12th fret: A minor