Once you pick up the shapes of the famous five—C, A, G, E and D—you’ll be able to play almost any chord.
This month, we look at ways to get creative with just a guitar and chord sequences. Rod Fogg steers the ship of harmony through the dark waters of dissonance.
Triads are some of the simplest chords playable on a guitar, but move them around over a pedal note and things start to get really interesting.
Remove the third from your chords and you get the appropriately named powerchord, a staple of rock, punk and pop music. Here's how to beef up your playing using only two notes.
Introducing a few new progressions with descending basslines that will bring a Motown feel to your chord sequences.
So far, we’ve looked at adding interesting notes to chords – suspended seconds and fourths, sevenths and added ninths. Here, we move on to altering the bass note of a chord to something other than the root.
Seventh chords can evoke dreamy or unsettling emotions, as exemplified on George Harrison’s Something or David Bowie’s Life On Mars. We unravel the real value of the seventh…
Suspended chords can create an ethereal, hypnotic feel, and are a valuable addition to your chord vocabulary. In the second instalment of this series, we delve into the world of the ‘sus’ shapes…
No matter what your level of ability, there’s always room to improve. First, let’s go right back to basics…
Give your sweep-picking techniques a final polish as we wrap up our tutorial series with this trio of ascending and descending six-note patterns.