Turning a Chord on its Head with Major Chord Inversions

The most common way to play a chord is known as the root position, meaning the root of the chord is the lowest note played, with the third and fifth notes above it.

But you don’t always have to play chords that way, in fact you can use either the third or fifth note as the lowest tone and it will still sound fine.

Before we get into that, let’s back up and look at things in a bit more detail:

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7th Chords for Guitar

We’ve talked a little bit about major and minor chords, and now I want to talk about the next most common category of chords – 7th chords.

Seventh chords are used in all kinds of music, but they’re most commonly found in rock, blues and jazz.

Putting the Pieces Together

A typical major chord is built on three tones, the root, third and fifth of a given major scale. In the case of a G major scale, the notes will be G B and D.

Seventh chords add one more note – you guessed it, the 7th. In this post we’ll look at the three most common types of 7th chords, the dominant 7th, the major 7th and the minor 7th.

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Unlocking CAGED Chords

By now, most of you know how to play the easy guitar chords.

I mean the standard C, A, G, E and D chords (some call them “cowboy chords” in reference to their use in country and western music) that a lot of people learn when they start taking guitar lessons.

These chords are great by themselves, you can play a lot of songs with just 2, 3 or 4 chords.

However, after listening to the same old open chords for awhile they can sound repetitive and lose their appeal. The secret is in…

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BBQ Hero Review: It’s Coming!!


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I’m really excited to share this with you today, the rumor mills are running hot with what songs are going to be included in this release, and I’ve got the inside word… more on that after the jump.

Now these guys have really beat me to the punch here, I mean, if I had the time and resources of SongPond, Songsterr, JamPlay, Song Surgeon and Singing Success then this would be the product I’d be putting out.

Clearly that’s never going to happen.

*update 23 Sep* Singing Success has been added to the line up! That’s pushed the launch date back to the 7th of October, so if you haven’t already click here to sign up to the pre-release mailing list.

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Guitar Backing Tracks

I have created a search engine to find free guitar backing tracks, check it out below and let me know what you think.

It takes whatever you’re searching for and tries to bring back pages that contain backing tracks for guitar songs. Ones you can actually listen to, or download as mp3.

I was spending a bunch of time going to each website to see if they had the track I was after, and you’re probably like me… when you’ve got some time to be playing your guitar you don’t want to be spending time playing your computer.

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Welcome to the new site

Hey, so the new site is now online and it’s a darn site cleaner and easier to get around than the old clunker we had.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be concentrating on getting the main topics filled out and linked up to all the material we already have here.

So under Acoustic Guitar you’ll get easy access to all the lessons to help you play the acoustic guitar, and lessons for learning music theory will be under the Music Theory menu.

Those pages will develop over time and your feedback is going to be really helpful to me so I know what you’re struggling with and where I can help out the most…

which brings me to the next new thing…

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Learn Guitar Scales

In this guide you’ll discover how to learn guitar scales, specifically the Major, Minor and Minor Pentatonic.

You’ll have an understanding of how the scales are made and how to play them as a basic 6th string shape in any key.

First, let’s take a look at the possible notes we can have, this is the Chromatic Scale, because it includes all of them:

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Learn How to Play Guitar Chords

For the majority of songs you’ll play (I’d say all of them unless you’re a lead guitarist,) you’ll need to learn how to play guitar chords. I’m going to guide you through the most common guitar chords you’ll come across, which is a selection of the Open Major, Minor, Seventh, and Barre chords.

If you’ve never picked up a guitar before, and have no idea where to start, check out my guide on Easy guitar chords for beginners. Then come back here and learn all the major, minor, 7ths, and Barre chords, equip yourself with all the tools you’ll need to play those guitar songs.

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Learn Perfect Pitch

This article explains a few techniques to help you on your way to learning perfect pitch, you may also hear it being called “how to learn absolute pitch” too, which is fine, they’re the same thing.

I’m going to go through some introductory material on perfect pitch, then look at how you can develop perfect pitch for yourself, and finally I’ll give you some more “extra for experts” resources, like perfect pitch software.

As a fellow guitarist, I’m sure you can appreciate the value of obtaining perfect pitch. Think of how much easier your musical endeavors are going to be when you can go from music-idea to music-notation in the blink of an eye. It’s the one thing I hated… when I had a rhythm or little riff in my head and not being able to write it down. I would try to play it on the guitar as soon as I got home and record it to my computer, but it never sounded the same.

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Easy Guitar Chords for Beginners

It’s interesting for the beginner guitarist, you’re always going to be taught the Open position of chords (that is some strings are played without you placing a finger on any fret) I find it a funny situation because once you learn how to play barre chords you need to remember less, but it’s harder on your fingers. Open chords are easier on your fingers, and help to build your strength and dexterity but can be harder to change between and remember.

This guide on Easy guitar chords for beginners covers how to read chord diagrams and the easiest of the Open Major Chords. For a full set of guitar chords check out my Learn how to play guitar chords guide.

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