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Chord Voicings for Guitar

Chord voicings open up a whole new world when it comes to guitar chords. The individual notes of the chord, although played together, play a big role in how chords sound and flow from one to the next in a progression. In this lesson we’ll explore chord voicings on the guitar to understand what they are, how voicings are created, and how they influence a chord progression.

Minor 7th Chords

In this lesson we’re going to take a look at minor 7th chords, including the chord formula, how they’re built and common chord shapes on the fretboard.

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Major 7th Chords

In this lesson we’re going to take a look at major 7th chords, including the chord formula, how they’re built and common chord shapes on the fretboard.

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Sus4 Triads on Guitar

In a previous lesson we dove into the sus2 triad, which gave us another option when In this lesson, we’re going to wrap up the suspended triads with a look at sus4 triads.

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Sus2 Triads on Guitar

To me, triads are the lifeblood of the guitar. They’re so integral in everything you play, from rhythm to lead. Additionally, they help you map out the fretboard and connect chord tones to larger musical structures such as pentatonic and diatonic scales. In this lesson, we’re going to expand our triad repertoire and dive into sus2 triads.

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Spread Triads on Guitar

Spread triads, or open voice triads, are a variation of the more commonly used standard triads, or closed voice triads. The intervalic relationship between the notes of open voiced triads creates a more melodic structure that’s a bit less linear.

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Essential Barre Chords Every Guitar Player Should Know

Barre chords are an important part of a guitar player’s repertoire and really expand your ability to navigate the fretboard beyond open chord playing. That said, they can be a bit of a pain to get down as they require a good bit of hand strength and dexterity to play well.

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Sus Chords on Guitar

Sus chords, or suspended chords, are variations to traditional major and minor chords. While the name might seem unfamiliar, you’ve undoubtedly heard them many times and would recognize them immediately in popular songs like “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen and many others. They have multiple uses and really help to add color and movement to chord progressions, particularly around a single chord.

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Augmented Triads on Guitar

In previous lessons we’ve learned about major, minor and diminished triads. In this lesson we’ll round out the triads with augmented triads. We’ll take a look at the interval structure that creates the augmented triad and map them to the guitar fretboard.