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All Aspects of ROCK & JAZZ
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Chord Dictionary 1
Chords, 7. 4
Chords, 9. 5
Chords, 11. 6
Chords, (b5), (+/#5), dim and sus. 7
Chords, ADVANCED JAZZ. 8
Barre Chord. 8
Guitar Links 9
The classical way of representing the chords in a simple
graphic form is the chord box.
This tool, used since the early 1920’ies, is closely related to the Tablature,
but opposite to the dynamic note-like form of the tablature, the chord box is
static. The following tables show examples of how to produce a chord in
different positions on the fretboard. There are two main types of chord boxes,
the open chords and the movable chords. The latter is the most common in rock
and jazz, while the open chords (except for the golden chords) mostly belong to folk music and
classical guitar music. The chords are grouped into Standard, Extended, Neutral and Advanced
NOTE Chords marked with golden background are classic
be learned by heart before you learn any other chord forms!!!
Ask the Professor!™
Q: What is a Chord Box???
A: The Chord Box is a schematic drawing of the strings and frets, where the
placing of the fingers is marked with black circles.
Fret Number In case of
movable chords, the basic fret number is shown to the left of the chord box.
1 Finger markers
2 Fret 0 = open chord
3 Open string
4 Muted string
6 Mini barre
7(b9) / -9
7(b9) / -10
+ / #5
This was only the beginning!
boxes are excerpts from All Aspects of ROCK & JAZZ/ 3 Guitar (Pro). They
are only a few examples of the thousands of possible chord variations. But the
examples actually provide you with a whole range of classical open chords and
several movable forms, which can be used and varied endlessly. On the WEB and
in your music store, you can find many advanced books, with for example
different tunings and modal chords. So you see – this was only an appetizer!
of movable chords Folk music guitarists play with open string
chords most of the time. When the folk guitarist has to play in a strange
anti-guitar key like Eb or Bb, the poor guy needs to change the fret base
to another starting point. An ancient device called the capo (see the later
section) does the trick mechanically. But what about the poor rock and jazz
players? We use a finger instead! By covering all six strings with the 1st finger on one of
the frets, you have three fingers left to reconstruct many of the open chords
only in another key. The classic barre fingering covers all the strings, but
small 2, 3 or 4 string barre fingerings are also used to compensate for the
lack of 6-7 fingers! With the barre fingering, you are able to play in all keys
on an instrument born in the E, A, G and D keys.
All barre chords are intimately connected to the open chords they simulate. The
barre chords can be classified according to “base” chords like this:
E and Base A are the standard barre bases. They
include both major, minor and various extended chord forms.
barre bases could be Base D, Base C or Base
G, but the C and G bases are not normal in rock. Base D is maybe
new to even advanced rock players, although it is used in jazz playing. So why
not try the D major, minor and 7 chord, and listen to the new interesting
sounds of your guitar!
Guitar If you play a semi acoustic guitar without distortion, you
may use the Capo to change keys, especially if you work with complicated open
chords. Here are the high tech and classic versions of the artificial finger!
Kyser Quick Capo
Classic Quick Capo
A few links (for some reasons, our Guitar Tutor has no
guitar links L ).
If you check out the bass links, though, you will find a number of links with
both guitar and bass lessons and tips.
Norwegian blues guitarist with a number of classic
Guitar tablature site including in depth descriptions
of guitar techniques and practical tips.
Nice forum with guitar lessons, automatic tablature,
smart chord finder and a number of very useful tools. The guitar lessons are
short but to the point.
Swedish guitar site with some really nice free lessons
in a very relaxed Scandinavian atmosphere Kris Dahl runs the site; He’s a great
player and a good teacher.