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I'm not sure whether this is the same as topo morto's answer - but it starts off similarly. Best bet: Cheat! You don't have to play all 6 strings. In fact rarely is there an advantage. Eg if you play an E-shaped barre chord, you could just fret the thickest 4 strings. That means you get a nice full sound and in fact it's no longer a barre chord - you can ...


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You simply need to play the chord shapes as indicated in the tab. They will sound higher with the capo. So, e.g., with the capo on the 2nd fret the C shape you play will sound like a D chord, and this is exactly the purpose of the capo. The Em chord will sound like F#m, which would normally (i.e. without capo) be played as a barre chord. Note that often it's ...


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This selection of five pitches could be a constituent part of a number of scales, although it is not a part of any diatonic scale. As a set of notes itself, it could be referred to by its PC Set name (Forte Number), which in this case is 5-19. This has a prime form of [01367]. (You can find this using a PC Set Calculator, such as this one.) According to this ...


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As mentioned by Raskolnikov it is indeed just the circle of fifths and nothing else. If you have no sharps and no flats, and you add one sharp, you can say you go from C major to G major. You can also say you go from A minor to E minor. Equivalently, you go from D dorian to A dorian, or from D dorian to D mixolydian, or from A aeolian to A dorian, etc.etc. ...


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There are a number of ways to play a G chord in what I call first position (using some open strings). The easiest possible way to play it is to fret the high e (first) string on the third fret with a finger of your choice and play the four strings closest to the floor (the four skinniest strings 1-4). Here are the charts for 5 ways to play a G chord in ...


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Even if the b2 interval mentioned in Dan Davis's answer is avoided by using a different voicing, the problem that is usually meant in this context is the b9 interval between the major 7th and the (higher) root note. The b9 interval is considered a very dissonant interval which in traditional jazz harmony is only "allowed" on a dominant seventh chord ...


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It's a little sneakier than that. Here's the score; look for yourself. The passage in question starts at m. 61. Debussy quotes the melody at pitch of the opening measure-and-a-half of the Prelude to Tristan, but he never quite lands on the Tristan chord - there's always something a little off. He repeats it several times, landing a couple of times each on A♭ ...


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It is possible to avoid barres by playing only as many strings as you can fret with individual fingers. For example, for E- and A- shape barres, you can often just play the root of the note with the barre finger, and not include the top notes. Edit : other answers have made good suggestions about checking your guitar setup; I would suggest that a ...


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A capo will, in some instances, avoid using barre chords. For example, instead of playing the sequence C F G, where F needs to be barred, a capo on the 3rd fret would need the chords A D and E (shapes) to be used to remain in the same key. The voicing would be slightly different, but to a singer it would be fine.


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First of all I want to say congratulations on your decision to learn guitar. As you have already discovered, it is not an easy instrument to master - but once things begin to come together and you start learning to change from chord to chord and play songs, it is very rewarding. And since there is always room for improvement no matter how good you become, ...


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It looks like that bit of information has been in the article since it was written. From the original 2005 article: Often the melody note or other pitched phenomena influences which of the above chord types a performer selects. For example, if the melody note is the root of the chord, including a major seventh can frequently cause a harsh dissonance. I ...


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The vii dim is a somewhat-frequently-used chord in the Baroque, especially in first inversion, as here (G#dim/B). This chord is typically used as a substitute for the dominant seventh (e.g. E7 in this case), as it shares the V7's leading tone (the G♯) and it's melodic tendency to resolve upwards towards tonic (A). Indeed, a vii dim chord is essentially ...


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From my experience as a guitar teacher there are some people who (with some practice) are able to play that chord, and some simply aren't. You're dependent on the size of your hand and especially of the flexibility of your third finger. People who can flex their third finger in the "wrong" direction will find it easier to play that chord. Also your pinky ...


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Spacing ("voicing") a chord like that makes the interval between the topmost "seventh" and the melody note a semitone, also called a minor second. A different spacing would change that to a major seventh. Minor seconds sound harsher than major sevenths, because the notes of a minor second usually occupy the same psychoacoustic critical band. That's why, ...


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It's because of beauty of symmetry (and asymmetry) of musical scale. (WARNING: some math ahead) Take a C major scale, and write it down the intervals between each note in number. So a halftone is 1, whole tone is 2 because it's two times the halftone. C D E F G A B C D E F G A B C 2 2 1 2 2 2 1 2 2 ...


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I like to avoid them. Here are some chord boxes for alternatives to normal barre chords. First off, on electric guitar and sometimes on acoustic you can change your hand position and put your thumb over the top, which you can also use to fret, along with a mini-barre on the first two strings: I don't find the thumb AND mini-barre comfortable but I pretty ...


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In summary, and over-simplifying: The notes on the strongest beats (1st and 3rd beat of the bar in case of 4/4 time) will almost invariably belong to the current chord, not just the current scale. (These are called "pillar notes" in the text referenced below) Most other notes belong to the parent scale of the chord. As long as the strongest beats have ...


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It somehow seems to me you're asking if you can play the same scale over all chords from a given song, which would be : mostly. Usually a song or a song part will be in a given key (so a single scale should fit), but it will slightly change one chord to add color. Off the top of my mind I'd say the change from C to C minor in Radiohead's Creep or the ...


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Lower the action as much as you can without fret buzz Try a lighter gauge set of strings Re-set your bridge intonation for the new gauge strings so its not out of tune when you play barre chords Don't try press all the strings down with the barre finger just the outsides Some people curl the finger ever so slightly, look for the least pressure position that ...


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Avoiding them might prove to be an interesting exercise. You could base what you play on a barre shape and pick out notes from it, typically one note per set of two strings,getting three voices which will most often spell the whole chord and sometimes imply it. For instance, instead of a barre G chord, you could play the root on the low E, the third on the G ...


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The first one's OK, you've redistributed the original notes. But in the second one you've invented a new harmony, and that ISN'T OK! I suggest you simply leave out the low E in the RH. Or even play the B octave a bit early, catch it with the pedal and take the E with your LH.


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I want to point out a few things: First of all, as others have mentioned, the tritone is symmetric. What this means is that if you take a tritone, and transpose it up or down by a tritone (6 half steps) the result is the same as the interval that you started with (assuming enharmonic equivalence). As a result of the above, moving a tritone up or down by 1 ...


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In A minor, the V harmony, from the E dominant 7th notes, is E-G#-B-D.I see the chord as a V7 with no root. Often the root can be found elsewhere in the bar. So I'd call it an inversion of V7 .


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Practice, practice, practice. What you are experiencing is 100% natural. Every guitarist out there had this problem at first. It's very common for guitar methods to give you the C chord as your first one. This chord is very hard for beginners. Keep practicing, and play chords that you find are easier (like D, E, and Am). You'll get it, just be ...


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If you are really struggling, make your first 3 chords E A and B7. They all work together, and with them, you will be able to accompany literally hundreds of songs. E and A are quite easy to play separately, and the change from one to the other is simple. If you leave your index finger on 3rd string 1st fret, it can stay there for both chords. It acts as an ...


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I want set your vocabulary straight before answering your question. An inversion is a very specific idea in music where the lowest note of a chord (the bass note) affects the function of the chord. A voicing is a specific ordering of notes. These ideas are grouped together a lot and sometimes are interchangeable, but this distinction will be important to my ...


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So among the alterations that diminished chords go under, let's assume that your "softening" means to lower the seventh of the chord diatonically to create a dominant seventh chord. This fits all three of your example cases. In Am: diminished chord | diminished spelling | softened chord | softened spelling iim7b5 | B, D, F, A | bVII7 ...


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I believe this is exactly what BBNG makes use of in their song CS60 on the first chord when the melody comes in. It sounds to me like an Ab major7 (b9) than then resolves down to the root, G minor and continues to Eb and then basically D minor (the diatonic VI and v respectively). The melody notes go from b9 to major 7 and it works really well in giving it ...


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I second the classical guitar position. Depending on which strings have to sound, I try these approaches in this order... (not all are possible depending on the size and shape of your hands and fingers - my index is not very flat so however much pressure is applied strings under the finger grooves won't sound) Fret the barre close to the fret - Apply ...


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I deal with the same issue, a tip I was given is to make sure to keep the wrist low and the index finger as straight as possible, also be sure you are rolling your index finger slightly so you are playing more on the fingers edge/side rather than the fleshy middle part. Also ensure you are as close to the fret as you can get.



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