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  1. Will Harris
    April 23rd, 2016 @ 1:22 pm


    Reallly enjoying the website! I’ve a bit of quibble with your discussion of the more exotic chords (9, 11, 13) as I think many readers might be scratching their heads wondering how they’re supposed to play a C13 with 7 different notes when the guitar only has 6 strings!

    In practice I’ve found that, especially with the Jazz I’ve played so far, at most 4 notes in a chord are ever sounded at a time on the guitar. Usually such chords will consist of the root, the appropriate 3rd, the (m)7, and the “additional” note. To find the “additional” note, you understand you’re expected to be adding the (X – 7)th interval, but from an octave above your root note.

    So when playing a C13, you’re only playing the root C, the major 3rd E, the minor 7th Bb, and the 6th (13 – 7) A a whole octave above the root.

    If you get adept at finding the intervals from your root note, and can quite quickly figure out how to play such exotic chords in a way that fits in with your fingers’ physionogmy without having to resort to a chord chart.


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