Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Em add9 Guitar Chord

Today's guitar chord of the day is E minor add9. This guitar chord is in open position and is a simple variation on an open E minor chord. Today we've got two different inversions of the same chord. The first one is my favourite with a nice close interval between the F# on the D string and the open G string, it's also easy to play using just two left hand fingers:

Emin add9 Guitar Chord
Em add9 Guitar Chord

Place your fingers close to the frets and make sure that each note sounds cleanly.

The next fingering is like a regular open E minor chord with with the addition of the second fret on the top E string.

Emin add9 Guitar Chord

Em add9 Guitar Chord

Here are the notes used in our chord:
  •  Minor add9 chords use: 1, b3, 5, 9
  • Emin add9 = E, G, B, F#

This chord is used in lots of songs in the key of Eminor, this chord can be played instead of most Eminor chords to add some extra colour.

Tune in tomorrow or browse through some more Guitar Chords Of The Day using the labels or search.


Monday, 3 April 2017

F#add9 Guitar Chord

Today's guitar chord of the day is F# add9. This guitar chord is in open position and is a simple variation on an F# major chord.
F#add9 guitar chord
F# add9 guitar chord

Place your fingers close to the frets and make sure that each note sounds cleanly. This chord is a simple variation on a half-barre F# major chord, adding the little finger on the 4th fret of the top e string.

F# add9 guitar chord


Here are the notes used in our chord.
 Add9 chords use: 1, 3, 5, 9
 F# add9 = F#, A#, C#, G#

This chord is used in lots of songs in the key of F#, B and C#.

You don't have to see F#add9 written in order to play it, you can try playing it anytime you see an F# major chord.

Tune in tomorrow for another Guitar Chord Of The Day.


Monday, 8 December 2014

C# minor guitar chord

Today's guitar chord of the day is C#minor. C#min and Dbmin 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# minor or Db minor though C#minor is more commonly seen.
C#minor guitar chord
C#minor guitar chord

Place your fingers close to the frets and make sure that each note sounds cleanly.

C#minor guitar chord
The next inversion of this chord is similar however it uses a barre across the 4th fret. Lay your 1st finger just behind the fourth fret across the top 5 (or all 6) strings.
C#min guitar chord
C#min guitar chord
Make sure each note sounds cleanly.
Dbmin guitar chord

Here are the notes used in our chord.
Minor chords use: 1, b3, 5
C# minor = C#, E, G#
Db minor = Db, Fb, Ab

This chord is used in lots of songs in the key of A and E.

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

Check back soon for another guitar chord of the day.

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

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