#1
Hey guys...ive been playing guitar for just over a year and have shied away from acoustic-y playing / music theory (!)

Looking to get into it a bit more now by 'acoustifying' some songs I know to play at open mic nights...just wondering about Chord theory: once you have your basic chords down (maj / min ABCDEFG)...can you 'pretty much' do a basic version of anything? All add/7th/whateverthehell chords can be added in / substituted later to 'improve' the song, but it doesnt necessarily 'need' it?

Am I right in thinking this? Or am I being thick...you decide!
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#4
in todays 20th century harmony, chromatacism is found everywhere and secondary dominats are used with out being resolved.. in classical days the person to use a power chord or parallel octaves or anything i mentioned earlier with out resolution would get hung..

using add chords and 7th have strict rules in classical harmony.. today not so much

for example a dominant chord in its final inversion
EX. C- E- G -Bb (with a Bb in the bass) MUST resolve to a first Inversion 1 chord soo.
V42 or 3rd inversion Bb E G C would go straigt to I6 or A F C.. kinda difficult to explain with out a staff to draw on

you have to learn to hear chords and know what they are.. theory is just an alpahbet..
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#5
they are there to make certain emphasys or to create tension, much like the difference between Maj/min but a little less subtle. for example, Hey Jude has mostly major chords during the first oart, but right before the bridge, there is a 7th chord, that creates some tension before it.
music is based in creating and relieving tension. using these chords is a way of doing so
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#6
if you can just hear it theres no need for theory.. theory just explains why? but the how? and who? are a million times more important
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#7
Quote by PuppetMaster91
Looking to get into it a bit more now by 'acoustifying' some songs I know to play at open mic nights...just wondering about Chord theory: once you have your basic chords down (maj / min ABCDEFG)...can you 'pretty much' do a basic version of anything? All add/7th/whateverthehell chords can be added in / substituted later to 'improve' the song, but it doesnt necessarily 'need' it?


I'm not sure I understand. If you want to learn a song that requires a 7th, or an "add" chord, why wouldn't you just try and learn that chord? Just because a chord isn't a "standard" major or minor chord doesn't necessarily make it difficult. eg. A7 is easier to finger than a B chord.

If you are struggling with a more complicated chord, then start looking at alternatives. Your ear will then be the ultimate guide on whether the substituted chord sounds acceptable enough.
#8
use jazz shape chords !!
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