Wednesday Question: Greatest Guitar Chord Ever

John Petrucci named his, now it's your turn...

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Wednesday Question: Greatest Guitar Chord Ever

So, one of the trending stories last week was John Petrucci naming his favorite chord of all time. You folks shared quite a few of your own personal favorites in the comments there, hence we figured it's a no-brainer to turn this one into an actual vote. Therefore, this week's WQ is:

What's the greatest guitar chord ever?

  • Not a rule per se, but it would be cool if you could write your favorite chord's tab along with the name.
  • Post only one suggestion per comment after checking that your favorite wasn't already nominated (Ctrl+F and all).
  • Multiple nominations of one chord create heavy confusion, since on one hand it's unfair to the given chord to take into consideration only the most upvoted nomination, but seeing that multiple nominations allow one user to give two or more votes to the same chord, it's also unfair to other nominees not to discard it.
  • Vote up the ideas you support and vote down the ones you dislike. 
We'll sum up your votes by Friday and bring you another traditional UG top list. Show us what you got now!

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    0 0 3 4 4 2 Anyone else trying out all the comments?
    E7#9- the Hendrix chord X 8 7 6 7 X
    Came here to post it, you beat me.
    correct me if i'm wrong but is your pic of lars with an enlarged forehead?
    Cadd9  0 3 0 2 3 x
    My favourite variation of Cadd9 is this (the chord name escapes my mind) 2 3 0 0 3 X
    Not really a Cadd9 at that point because the D is added immediately after the root, more of a Csus2 and then you have the F# so it'd be a Csus2Add11? Or better yet its a D11 inverted over a C without the 5th
    It's an inverted D7sus4. Stop trying to sound clever.
    Sorry guys, just trying to be helpful! Hopefully this clears it up for you
    Chord naming programs can give you names, but without context, they're not helpful x30032 would probably be best described as Csus2add#11, some suspension of C, notes being C-D-G-F#
    I believe that is the first one I suggested. I do agree context is the most important part when chord naming. Realistically you could name it any version of any note in the chord but typically with guitar you use the lowest note as the root. People just don't like to discuss theory.
    Missing the sharp sign changes a lot, btw. It is completely different if alterations are missed I'd only consider it D-rooted if it were to resolve to G(/B); the tension in the bass is too jarring otherwise Naming with regards to only the guitar notes (as opposed to entire musical context) is lazy and misleading, to be blunt, and theory is important for clear communication between musicians
    Ah, my mistake then! But in this case there is no context so why would any variation (as long as it contains all the notes of the chord, as opposed to Cadd9) be incorrect?
    The chord implies major by construction (if there were a minor 3 anywhere, it'd sound like a diminished chord with extra added tones - think "Underneath the Rotting Pizza" from FFVII on the section contrasting from the first idea), so I'd be fine with add9add#11 tbh In any case, I'd lean towards the most probable of names when projecting to all possible contexts; D is restricted to a very narrow number of contexts, so I'd exclude it unless context was given
    Love a B major played with the B and high E string open 0 0 8 9 9 7
    Agreed. Got hooked to that chord after hearong No Excuses by AIC. Especially the last B major chord that rings out at the very end.
    I agree, basically any chord in the E minor scale with the open e and b sounds incredible. QOTSA's The Sky is Falling uses most of them in the bridge.
    0 3 0 4 3 0
    jerome snail
    This. I love this chord so much and it immediately came to mind as soon as I read the question. Funnily enough I only know one song with this chord, The Silent Man from Dream Theater. I used it in one of my own tune too.
    Holy crap, that one is beautiful. Makes me wish I could afford a 12-string 
    Try picking down and hammering to the 3 on A from 2 (b-c) and the 3 on b pulling off to 0
    Just the good ole standard G Chord. So powerful, yet elegant.
    I don't have a favourite chord, but the reason I love the G is that it's so compliant. It can be beautiful, ugly, happy, sad, whatever you need it to be.
    E major (or whatever standard tuning the guitar is in) 0 0 1 2 2 0 Epically huge  
    The opening chord to A Hard Day's Night of course! 3        3 3        1 5   or  2 3        3 5        - 3        - 
    THIS! Without a doubt! I assume you've seen the video of the guy in the coverband deconstructing the actual chord? It's actually not that simple because John, Paul and George are all playing different chords and inversions which gives it that massive sound.
    Yes, George Martin played a different chord on the piano too. And obviously George Harrison played a 12-string Rickenbacker, which gives it even more depth.
    The power chord.
    Not actually a chord, but an interval
    An interval is the gap between two notes, so what you say makes no sense. A power chord is still a chord, even if it doesn't contain a third.
    I think itscalled diade, its a chord
    A dyad is a combination of two notes played at the same time. A chord is by definition 3 or more different notes played at the same time. Therefore, "power chord" is a misnomer, because even if it sounds major/minor/etc., there are still only two notes.
    E5 of course. It's the bread and butter of so many metal songs. (And don't start bitchin that it's not real chord because it's not a triad. In everyday language it most definitely is a chord.)
    Hard Day's Night Chord. Best Chord EVER !
    I thought it was mor like -3- -3- -5- -3- -5- -3- ((EDIT : oh okat both are correct :p))
    D major with drop D tuning. you can play all strings and move the shape to several positions and make a great sounding, beautiful piece of music. e|-2-| B|-3-| G|-2-| D|-0-| A|-0-| D|-0-| It's what my ode to my girlfriend is based on, it is mostly improvised and not a technical masterpiece, my girlfriend and I love it and D major is definitely my favorite chord ever:
    (btw "Lied" is German and means "song", has nothing to do with lying)
    I'd go with a basic G Major: 3 3 0 0 2 3 But only because several of my favorite songs start with it.
    The D major chord with drop D tuning PLUS an A on the high E string: |-5-| |-3-| |-2-| |-0-| |-0-| |-0-| very beautiful and you can move it around to several positions...
    I'm not sure of the name but I guess it's a version of D#maj? Found in Dream Theater's Octavarium, sounds awesome. x 4 3 1 x 3 Otherwise I fucking love Bmaj with open B and high E string: 0 0 8 9 9 7
    I love to imagine everyone trying all the chords in the comment section !
    2 3 0 4 2 0 Em9 Buckethead uses it in the opening of electric Electric Tears, a bitc to play but once you get it down it sounds amazing
    a Minor chord with a Major 6th is a lovely chord eg. in G 0 3 3 2 x 3
    A5,everytime i play a new electric guitar/an electric guitar ive never played before, i just strum this little motherf*cker to see if i like the sound.   With dirty tone of course!  E--X B--X G--2 D--2 A--0 E--X
    Ladies and gentlemen, I give you... ...THE PERIPHERY CHORD d|-5- A|-6- F|-5- C|-8- G|-5- C|-5-
    5        5 2 2 0 X  - A Something (Nugent - Rush - Hulk Hogan Theme song "Real Amercian" Derringer/Springfied?)  1 of the two did the song w/o looking.  
    e 0 b 0 g 8 d 6 a 4 E x I'd like to suggest C#m9 if nobody already has. It sounds really pretty but still has that slight dissonance between the high e and the e flat on the g. I found being limited to playing only acoustic made me appreciate chords a lot more especially open strings in lovely sus chords and such.
    A magical chord, and I've only heard two guitarists use it, David Gray and Jorge Ben: 0 6 0 7 8 0
    E5 with distortion is the most brutal chord 1------------------ 2------------------ 3------------------ 4----2------------ 5----2------------ 6 ---0------------
    You're gonna love the hell out of this one (play in drop D tuning) 3 4 3 5 3 3 The chord is a song on it's own.
    One time myself and 2 friends were tripping hard and I played a C major open chord and it was too much to handle to I just held it out and let it ring and a few minutes later (or hours who knows) and my friend chimed in and said " who wrote that song?!" With all earnestness. This has had us in stitches for years.
    this , or move around fret board for those heavy 90s sounds.  Fuzz optional  3 3 5 5 3 3