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Chords Leve l 2
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Chord types are grouped into families. The
head of each family is the foundation chord and
the other chords have more notes added. Each
chord of the same family will sound similar to
each other e.g. all major family chords have
that major sound about them. This is handy to
know because you can replace chords with
another chord from the same family. So if you
come across a chord like Dmaj11b5#9 you can
replace it with plain old D major because they
are from the same family. This is usually called
chord substitution. So in the example we
substituted down the family or to a simpler
chord. You can go the other way and substitute
up the family or to a more complex chord e.g. a
sixth chord can take the place of a major
chord.
Here are the chord boxes for the most
commonly used types which are grouped into
the four main families -major, minor, seventh
and 5. Practice playing all the types in one fret
to begin with. Play each chord for one bar using
a suitable strum. Remember to listen to the
sounds so that you can learn them and
recognize them - this will help with figuring out
songs from C.D.’s.
MAJOR FAMILY
Major
O
O
sus4
O
O
6th
O
O
add 2 / 9
O
O
For some of these chords you might have to
double a finger across two strings.