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Old 07-28-2014, 01:14 PM   #1
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Share your favorite chord

Hello everyone!

I play on a nylon string guitar. I mainly play music inspired by flamenco, latin jazz like bossa nova and samba or fingerpicking blues or country.

I like to make my own songs and rarely play with other musicians anymore.

I realize now that it has been quite a while since I learned a new chord.

I know I could find a chord chart and start learning random chords, but for some reason this is not inspiring me.

That is why I want to ask you fellow guitar players to share with me your favorite chords!

On off my favorite chords is to hold an A major bar chord (The Emajor shap barred) and then let the two brigthest strings be open (B and E). It has a sweet, fairytale-like sensation to it.

Does anybody know what this chord is called? I don't know a lot of music theory.
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Old 07-28-2014, 01:20 PM   #2
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Aadd9

I think solitary chords are useless without context, so I don't have one.
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Old 07-28-2014, 01:30 PM   #3
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That is a beautiful chord, thank you =)

Chords alone does not express as much as they could, but I still think some chords sounds better than others and some are better suited for certain progressions than others.

Over time I have come to have a selection of favorite chords like this.

I wish I was able to figure out what their names were so I could share them with you, but I don't have the knowledge to do that. I feel like these chords has something magic to them, they resonate better than others in the guitar or something like that =)
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Old 07-28-2014, 01:47 PM   #4
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EASILY minor 9th. They sound so emotional. Way more "tragic" than normal minor chords.

Also I really like minor chords with an added natural sixth. And of course dominant seventh with altered notes. Especially in a minor key.
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Old 07-28-2014, 01:58 PM   #5
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EASILY minor 9th. They sound so emotional. Way more "tragic" than normal minor chords.



Yeah, going back and forth between an Emin9 and a Cmaj7 sounds really nice.
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Old 07-28-2014, 02:06 PM   #6
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That is a very beautiful combination! Thank you!
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Old 07-28-2014, 04:25 PM   #7
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I really like this C lydian kind of chord... no idea what its called, it is something like this
Code:
e--0 b--2 g--0 d--4 a--3


and then the open C major chord shape played on the D note

Code:
e--0 b--3 g--0 d--4 a--5


again no idea what its called

these two go nicely with the open E min add9
Code:
e--0 b--0 g--0 d--4 a--2 e--0
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Old 07-28-2014, 05:27 PM   #8
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EASILY minor 9th. They sound so emotional. Way more "tragic" than normal minor chords.

Also I really like minor chords with an added natural sixth. And of course dominant seventh with altered notes. Especially in a minor key.



I agree on the Minor 9th.

One of my favorites. I also like little Poly-chords, like 3x0232 D/G, or inverted Dominant 7ths like 3x222x

Or little 5x543x 11ths

Favorite Altered Dominant chords of mine are X7#5's - Love that hanging Augmented vibe!

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Old 07-28-2014, 09:50 PM   #9
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Oh, this one is really cool too:

x10011

It's like a Bb13 something or other, I'm not sure, but it's really pretty sounding.

You can hear it in context at ~00:43 on the 'No amount of pointless days' line here:

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Old 07-29-2014, 02:54 AM   #10
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Am7 on the 5th fret
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Old 07-29-2014, 09:49 AM   #11
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I really like this C lydian kind of chord... no idea what its called, it is something like this
Code:
e--0 b--2 g--0 d--4 a--3


and then the open C major chord shape played on the D note

Code:
e--0 b--3 g--0 d--4 a--5


again no idea what its called

these two go nicely with the open E min add9
Code:
e--0 b--0 g--0 d--4 a--2 e--0

The first chord just sounds wrong. Are you sure the note on the B string isn't the 3rd fret? If it is, John Sykes uses that chord and the D chord a lot on the 1987 Whitesnake album and also Em9 chord though voiced a bit differently.

I don't know if it's sensible to name that kind of chords. They would be Cadd9#11 and D6add11. But I would just call them C major and D major. I mean, if a song used those voicings, the chord symbol over them would most likely just be C and D.

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Oh, this one is really cool too:

x10011

It's like a Bb13 something or other, I'm not sure, but it's really pretty sounding.

That's Bb6/9.
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Old 07-29-2014, 05:09 PM   #12
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I quite like minor 6th chords or even note clusters that imply minor6. For example:
Code:
d--- A--- F--- C-5- G-4- D-0-

That's technically what I'd call a note cluster, but I frequently notate it as "Dm6". Note: I tune my guitars to D standard.

Code:
d-0- A-4- F-0- C-2- G-2- D-0-

This is a Dm6 chord (1, b3, 5, 6). Has a very interesting, almost haunting sound to it.
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Old 07-29-2014, 05:51 PM   #13
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SUS2's and Add9's....I use them a lot. Clean they sound very pretty and can lean either way in major or minor territory depending on how they are used, and dirty they are very powerful and sound like a giant mean machine to me. They are a permanent fixture in my solo work.

I'm not going to bother tabbing them out, I use them in Drop D, double drop C (CGDGBE), and standard - plus some other crazy tunings I make up myself.
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Old 07-30-2014, 02:34 AM   #14
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The first chord just sounds wrong. Are you sure the note on the B string isn't the 3rd fret? If it is, John Sykes uses that chord and the D chord a lot on the 1987 Whitesnake album and also Em9 chord though voiced a bit differently.

I don't know if it's sensible to name that kind of chords. They would be Cadd9#11 and D6add11. But I would just call them C major and D major. I mean, if a song used those voicings, the chord symbol over them would most likely just be C and D.


That's Bb6/9.

Actually what I meant to write is
Code:
e--2 b--3 g--0 d--4 a--3


Another one I really like is this B minor chord
Code:
e--0 b--3 g--0 d--4 a--2


And this C# minor
Code:
e--0 b--4 g--4 d--2 a--4
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:58 AM   #15
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Of course D... for Canon in D.
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Old 07-30-2014, 01:00 PM   #16
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I actually really like the sound of a chord with a fourth, a fifth and a minor seventh, so it's like a 7sus4 chord. For example in E, it would be E, B, D and A.
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I quite like minor 6th chords or even note clusters that imply minor6. For example:
Code:
d--- A--- F--- C-5- G-4- D-0-

That's technically what I'd call a note cluster, but I frequently notate it as "Dm6". Note: I tune my guitars to D standard.

Code:
d-0- A-4- F-0- C-2- G-2- D-0-

This is a Dm6 chord (1, b3, 5, 6). Has a very interesting, almost haunting sound to it.

That's actually Dmmaj7. Dm6 would be 0 2 2 0 2 0.
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Old 07-31-2014, 02:53 PM   #18
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Oooh good thread! I like Em the best!
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Oooh good thread! I like Em the best!


Em is one of the most useful chords in my opinion, the shape in standard tuning leaves a lot of room for chord melodies and to be honest, it's just so basic that I cram it up in a lot of my progressions
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