If the string is tuned to G and I want to play the chord progression G B C and C minor, could I somehow imply the C and C minor chord on the same string? I am trying to learn songs on a diddley bow.I can play songs rhythmically by strumming the note in place of the chords. These notes become implied chords. I went for a long time learning songs this way and it works pretty good... I know that I could just keep strumming the C note through both the C and C minor ,but it is not as colorful. I am 50 and I don't know squat when it comes to music. I do know that I can play both the G major and minor scales on the same string. And that G minor scale has an Eb note in it... also C minor has a relative chord Eb major. Could I then play the Eb note to imply the C minor chord?


As you say, you could play the other notes from the chord ('chord tones') as well as the root note. (Depending on how you do this, this is sometimes called an arpeggio).

So to play a C major chord, you could make up a pattern with C, E, and G.

To play a C minor chord, you could make up a pattern with C, Eb, and G.

You may be able to imply C minor simply by throwing in one Eb in among the C notes.

  • The chord progression belongs to the song Creep . When I play a song I try to simulate a strumming pattern and play the chords like that. I am familiar with arpeggio but that is more on the melodic side of a song . I have used tabs with arpeggio to learn a more melodic part to a song ,but it can get difficult running up and down the fret board . I will try it that way. So maybe i can use the Eb note? It sounds close being Eb major is C minors happy... was surprised to learn that C minor does not belong to C majors group of 6 chords on the Circle of Fifths. – clifford ansel Nov 24 '18 at 10:40
  • I usually use voice sheet music for the melody of a song and then use the implied chords and strumming to make it more interesting and fun. Trying to learn as much as I can on my diddley bow before I move on to my three string. – clifford ansel Nov 24 '18 at 10:51
  • Yes, if you can invent a little strumming pattern with mainly C, but some Eb, that should imply a C minor chord, because you have the root note and the minor third to give the 'chord' its character. – topo Reinstate Monica Nov 24 '18 at 10:56
  • For Creep, especially try throwing in an A in the mix with the C and Eb for the extra-creepy Dorian sharp sixth flavor. – luser droog Nov 24 '18 at 18:45
  • If I just strummed the E-flat to imply the c minor chord, would it be like playing the c minor in its first in it's first inversion? – clifford ansel Nov 24 '18 at 21:28

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