The Devil's Chord

author: lucien1 date: 07/25/2013 category: guitar techniques
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The Devil's Chord
I am going to show you how to play "The Devil's Chord" and I will explain what it is and how it got it's name. The Devil's chord is a chord that has the root note of a minor scale, the flatted fifth of the same scale and the root note of the scale an octave higher. Here is "The Devil's Chord" in the key of A minor.
E|-------
B|-------
G|-------
D|---7---
A|---6---
E|---5---
If you have tuned your guitar to drop D play this.
E|-------
B|-------
G|-------
D|---7---
A|---6---
D|---7---
Because it sounds different to most chords it was banned by the church and they called it "The Devil's Chord." The flatted fifth is commonly used in blues and metal music. It can be used in any minor scale. If you want a chord progression that uses it play it and then play it again three frets higher and again three frets higher until it is the first you played only an octave higher. You can also use flatted fifth notes in solos. Again this is in the key of A minor but can be used in any minor scale.
E|---------
B|---------
G|---7b8---
D|---------
A|---------
E|---------
Or.
E|-------
B|---4---
G|-------
D|-------
A|-------
E|-------
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