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Learning Chord Inversions On Guitar

Chord inversions are one of those things that often seem a lot more complex then they really are. A lot of guitar players push off learning how to play chord inversions on guitar because they think it is too complicated for them. In this lesson I will try and break down what chord inversions are and show you how to play a few of them. And once you understand what chords inversions are you will be able to figure out all sorts of them on your own.

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chord extensions on guitarNow that you know how to build a basic chord and how to build a 7th chord we are going to talk a little bit about adding chord extensions to your chords.

What is a chord extension?
A chord extension is a basic chord with extra notes added on to give the chord a more complex sound. Think of it like a painting: A painting of a tree may look nice. But if the artist adds in other details like birds on the branches, drops of rain dripping off leaves, and flowers at the base of the trunk, then the painting starts to come alive with color and reality. Chord extensions are like the colorful details in a painting that will give your chords extra life and texture.

How to create a chord extension
There are many different chord extensions. But knowing some basic principals of chord extensions will allow you to learn them much quicker and build them on your own.

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drop-2 guitar voicingsChances are that if you play any 4 or more note chords on your guitar, you are using a drop 2 guitar voicing—you just may not know it. Drop two guitar voicings are altered chord formations that make it easier to play 4 or more note chords on guitar. Drop 2 chord voicings are used almost all the time for 4+ note chords and their inversions.

So what is a drop 2 chords voicing you ask? Simple. As the name suggest, a drop-2 chord

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Chances are 9 out of 10 (if not 10 out of 10) of your favorite guitar tunes have arpeggios in them. So what is an arpeggio? Simple. An arpeggio is chord notes played in succession instead of simultaneously. So if someone says to arpeggiate an Am chord what they mean is play it one note at a time, instead of strumming all the notes at once. Here is an example:

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(Before you read this lesson you should make sure you understand Diatonic Harmony and Buliding 7th chords)

Good composition is about creating music that has movement. Music that has peaks and valleys. If your chord progressions don’t go anywhere, they are just boring. The best way to create music with strong movement is to create tension and resolution in your compositions. How do you do that? Well the easiest and most common way is with V to I (“Five to One”) chord changes.

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Chord Extensions-Building 7th Chords

Now that you know how to build a chord and use it in a diatonic progression, we can take a look at making more complex harmonies and interesting sounding chords by using 7th chords.

A 7th chord is called an “extension” b/c you are adding additional notes to the 1-3-5 notes that compose a common triad. As the name indicates, we are adding the 7th note of the scale, so the chord has 4 notes, not 3.

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Here is a cool article i saw online:

5 Guitar Playing Tips - Learn to Play Guitar Chords
By Anthony Lee
Many people are aspiring to learn how to play the guitar. The guitar has risen into a certain level of popularity that it has become a symbol of talent, creativity and "coolness."

However, learning how to play the guitar is no joke. Learning to play the instrument requires one to learn how to play the chords. This article tries to give some helpful tips to individuals who would want to learn how to play guitar chords.

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