#1
Hi all. I'm currently learning/focusing on chord construction and have gotten to chord extensions. I mainly want to play rock and blues (no jazz). How much will I need chord extensions? Mainly the 11 and 13 chords...

I ask as I have very short fingers (VERY short) and the fingerings for some of these are very difficult to impossible. When I watch videos of people playing these it looks very easy but where they can bend/arch their fingers for some of the stretches I cannot so I end up muting the string(s) below.

That said I don't know that I will NEED then for what I want to play? I can play the 7th chords, and certain 9th's (which I love) aren't difficult for me.

Weird thread, I know.
Last edited by Mole351 at Jun 17, 2014,
#2
Your finger length doesn't matter.

A lot of the extended chords you see in rock and blues are just suspended harmonies. Often it's a IV7 over the tonic, which technically spells a 13th chord.

But you should learn how to play all your chords. It's not like there's an exhaustive list of appropriate chords for a given style of music. The formulas for chord construction are simple, it's just a matter of practicing them and learning how/when they sound good.
#3
Quote by Mole351
Hi all. I'm currently learning/focusing on chord construction and have gotten to chord extensions. I mainly want to play rock and blues (no jazz). How much will I need chord extensions? Mainly the 11 and 13 chords...

I ask as I have very short fingers (VERY short) and the fingerings for some of these are very difficult to impossible. When I watch videos of people playing these it looks very easy but where they can bend/arch their fingers for some of the stretches I cannot so I end up muting the string(s) below.

That said I don't know that I will NEED then for what I want to play? I can play the 7th chords, and certain 9th's (which I love) aren't difficult for me.

Weird thread, I know.


It's too general a question. Some kinds they would be important, and others they wouldn't. You might want to define a general term like "rock n blues" because as Im sure you know, there's not really a definitive answer that's going to fit a general question.

But if you are talking about most things beyond a 9th, no. Thirteenths, sometime. There are lots of songs with 13ths in them. Not Jazz ones either. Spooky by the Classics V isn't Jazz, Lowdown isn't Jazz, Brick House isn't Jazz....there are tons of non-jazz songs that use 13ths; a 13th is an extended Dominant 7th flavor, nothing more. Its dressed up a bit more, is all.

Best,

Sean
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Quote by Mole351
Hi all. I'm currently learning/focusing on chord construction and have gotten to chord extensions. I mainly want to play rock and blues (no jazz). How much will I need chord extensions? Mainly the 11 and 13 chords...

I ask as I have very short fingers (VERY short) and the fingerings for some of these are very difficult to impossible. When I watch videos of people playing these it looks very easy but where they can bend/arch their fingers for some of the stretches I cannot so I end up muting the string(s) below.

That said I don't know that I will NEED then for what I want to play? I can play the 7th chords, and certain 9th's (which I love) aren't difficult for me.

Weird thread, I know.


There are a million ways to play any chord, you simply need to find voicings that fit and work with your hand.

My classical guitar teacher had a hand that was about half the size of mine and he could do any voicing, many of which I couldn't. There are stretching exercises for Classical guitar that might be of help to you - google them.
#6
You don't need to play every note in the chord. For example a 13th chord only needs the root, third, seventh and 13th to be a 13th chord. Same with the 11th chord - you only need root, third, seventh and 11th. And you can play even less notes on guitar if other insturments play the other notes.
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