5 – Open String Chords Up The Neck

Open String Chords Up The Neck

HOW TO TAKE OPEN STRING CHORDS UP THE NECK

There comes a moment for every guitarist, when they first discover the incredible beauty and musical power of movable forms. When you learn how to take open string chords up the neck, suddenly you get access to a huge new palette of musical sounds. In this lesson, the fifth of seven, Ross shows how to take open string chords up the neck and use in chordal accompaniment. He will also explain how to rename these chords as they move up the neck.

A WHOLE NEW WORLD OF CHORD OPTIONS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

It does not take long when you start playing guitar to realise that there are a huge amount of chords to learn. This can be a very daunting prospect! You are not only faced with all these chords, but you also have to remember the names. Also, there is a sneaky suspicion that most of these bigger chords that you are aware of needs finger surgery to play them. That’s where open string chords come in.

The beauty of this lesson is that you can create really complex and amazing sounding chords with many of the chords you already know. All you need to do is to take them up the neck. Every instrument has it’s own strengths and weaknesses. One of the guitar’s strengths is that you can easily slide chord shapes up and down without doing much. Also, another wonderful aspect of the guitar is the shimmering beauty of open strings. By taking chords up the fingerboard and utilising open strings we create close intervals. In basic terms it means that notes that would normally be hard to play due to the way the guitar is tuned become really easy. By taking open string chords up the neck you access all these crunchy, gorgeous sounds without any real effort.

For more great chord sounds and ideas, make sure you check out Ross’s previous lesson on major7 sus2 sus4 chords.

Also, our Blog is full of lessons on chordal ideas so have a visit there as well.

THE NEXT LESSON

In the sixth lesson we are moving onto single line playing. Ross will outline Open String Major Arpeggios so don’t miss that one.

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