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Aug 20, 2008
Many of the 7 chords and their extensions, 9,11,13, are very tough to play with your fret hand. However, there are a couple of tricks that can assist you creating these beautiful chords without growing two more fingers.

Most jazz musicians normally use "small chords" . Jazz players do a great deal of what is known as comping. The comping is a assortment of rhythm and bass runs; playing that requires quick changing of chords. Thus, playing the high voicing of chords is not always attainable and actually, isnt always needed.

We can get the core of most chords with only four notes, as little as three if one is performing with a bass player. Before we look at the chord shapes, lets talk about playing technique.

While playing jazz beats, I do not use a pick. I use my thumb and four fingers on my pick hand. I can use them in unison when I want to run chords or I can use them separately when finger picking and playing a bass rhythm individually from the chords. There are some players who can hold the pick between their thumb and index finger and use the remaining three fingers to play the other tones.

The reason will become evident when we look at the chord voicings. The basis behind this method is not playing all of the strings. Most of these voicings will need you to skim strings in the middle of the chord. Whatever way you develop to handle this is up to you. Performing with only my fingers works fantastic for me. If you would like to develop the pick and finger method, check out info on Bluegrass playing and flatpicking. You don't have to be involved in the genre of music, but the method is well used in that musical style.

First we will gaze at the small style of the 7 chord shapes. Then we will go on towards 6,9,11 and 13 chords. These chords are movable upward and downward from neck.Therefore, changing from a G7 to A7 is just a matter of moving up two frets, much similar to barre chords. There truly isn't too much more to talk about with these chord patterns. So, Ill just show you the shapes and you play them. Work with mixing these shapes in progressions. I will show the shapes in either G or C all reliant on the base string. Over Again, remember that these patterns are movable so just look at the bass note to acquire your chord name. I'll discuss various fingerings as we move through the lesson. Nevertheless, I will offer fingerings in a traditional style and they will be shown as follows. First, the chord chart will indicate

G7 - Barre E,D and B strings with Index and fret G string with Ring.

Gmin7 - Barre E,D,G and B with Index.

First, the G7 and Gmin7. You can discover how easily one could modify from one to the other. Besides, notice how the A string and the high E are not played, this is what I was mentioning above.

G7sus4 - Barre E,D and B with Index and fret G string with Ring.

GMaj7 - Barre E and B with Index, fret D with Middle and fret G with Ring.

The G7sus4 and the GMaj7. Again, only four notes per chord and easily movable.

Gmin/Maj7 - Barre E,G and B with Index and fret D with Ring.

G7b5 - E-Middle, D-Ring, G-Pinky and B-Index

Now Let us discuss about developing some remarkable jazzy chords. The G7b5 chord fingering can be tricky. I play in a style that is best-known as "thumbing the bass." Many guitarists have applied this technique, Grant Green, Richie Havens and even Jimi Hendrix.The Classics however do not like these techniques.educatedgroomed guitaristsguitar players. The technique simplymerelyusuallyjust involves wrappingrolling your thumb aroundroundjust aboutclose to the neck of the guitar enablingpermitting you to useapplyemploy your thumb to fret the bass notestones. I can domake this with bass notes on the E A and even D string when necessaryrequired. I like very much the techniquemethod and my rhythmmusical rhythm playing is respectedvaluedhonoured in the circlesgroups in whichwhere I playperform. You can, howeverstill, simplymerelyplainly fret the chords as barre chords or as four finger chords, as one would have to do with the G7b5. Work on differentvariousseveral positionssets and findcheck something that is comfortableeasyhomely and effectivegoodimpressive for you.

Gmin7b5 - E-Middle ,D-Ring ,G-Pinky and B-Index

GAug7 - Barre E and A with Index and barre G and B with Ring.

Here are somea few reallytrulygenuinelyvery jazzy sounding chords. TryAttemptTestTry Out the different fingerings. The min7b5 will probablylikelyin all likelihood have to be playedexecuted as a thumb bass or a four finger chord. The Aug7 could be playedexecuted like a barre.

Gdim7 - E-Middle, D and B-Barre w/ Index and G-Ring

GMaj6 - E-Middle, D-Index, G-Pinky and B-Ring

FingeringPalpating these chords is a little trickydelicatedifficulttoughhardchallenging. AlsoAs Well, we seefind our first new categoryclass, the Maj6 chord. This is where my techniquemethod of thumbing the bass reallytruly comes in play.

Gmin6 - E-Middle, D-Index, G-Ring and B-Pinky

G13 - Barre E and D with Index, G-Middle and B-Ring

OkayRight, here are more jazzyrhythmic chords. The 13 chord is one of my favorites. This particularspecificspecialunique voicing of the 13 has the root, the b7, the 13 and the 3rd, just enoughadequatesufficient to make the chord sound like it should. The 5th can be added if desiredpreferred. Now, lets movego on to someseveralspeciala few chords with roots on the a string.

C9 - A-Middle, D-Index, G-Ring and B-Pinky

Cb9 - Barre D and B with index, A-Middle, G-Ring

Okay, these 9 chords are fantasticgreatremarkablespecialmarvelouswonderful for jazz and fusion. I findfeelnoticediscover these have a greatremarkablemarvelousspecial soundvoice with some distortion or clean. One thing to point outmentioncommentremonstrate is that the Cb9 can be confusingpuzzlingunclear. This is a C9 with a flat 9, not a Cb with a 9. As you know, Cb=B and is very rarelyseldomly usedappliedutilisedemployed. ButExcept, if this were shown as a Db9, then it could be confusingpuzzling. If it is shownexpressed as a Db9, you may assumepresume it is a D9 with a flat 9. If the chord intended is a Db/C# 9, the composer will most likely call it a C#9 to avoidavert confusiondisarray. AlsoBesides, if the chord intendedspecified is a Db9 with a flat 9, you will seefinddiscover either C#b9 or you may see Dbb9. rarely you come to such unique rythems. and they can be confusing as you can see. TakeMake the chords in contextmilieu and the correctrightproper chord is usuallynormally quitepretty apparentobvious.

Cmin9 - A-Middle, D-Index, G-Ring and B-Pinky

CMaj9 - A-Middle, D-Index, G-Pinky and B-Ring

Okay, I thinkbelieveconsider that is enoughsufficient for nowtoday. We have discussed 16 chords that can be played with all 12 differentunique roots, That's 192 chords! Have fundelight with these.
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