#1
Im going to be writing some songs and im going to use open chords like a G and D for example for thoe chorus. The chords will be played with distortion. Would you recemend any pointers?
Last edited by jc71corvette at Jun 22, 2008,
#2
Your pointer finger is vital. Yes, Django (sp?) played with 2 fingers, but that doesn't mean you should restrict yourself unless it's for an exercise.


What is it you want to know and do?
#3
Learn your theory????
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#4
I like adding A and C chords to add a bit of depth. But you can also turn D's into Suspended chords by adding or removing a finger
#5
O sorry!!! I forgot a huge part of the question.

I ment to ask im playing them with distortion
#6
Quote by jc71corvette
I ment to ask im playing them with distortion
Don't use much distortion. Heavy distortion tends to sound very bad when used with full chords.
#7
Quote by jc71corvette
O sorry!!! I forgot a huge part of the question.

I ment to ask im playing them with distortion

As BGC mentioned, open chords sound bad with too much distortion; in particular, the third gets muddied up and the entire chord sounds like a heavily distorted mess.
#8
I wouldnt play full chords if you have a lot of distortion. Maybe just some triads or something along those lines. If you are using very light distortion (like a fuzzy tone) then go for it.
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#9
Quote by zippidyduda
I wouldnt play full chords if you have a lot of distortion. Maybe just some triads or something along those lines. If you are using very light distortion (like a fuzzy tone) then go for it.
A triad is a full chord, but there's a big difference between x 7 6 4 x x and 0 2 2 1 0 0.
#10
Quote by bangoodcharlote
A triad is a full chord, but there's a big difference between x 7 6 4 x x and 0 2 2 1 0 0.


Yeah thats what I meant, like for a G play 320xxx rather than 320003.

My bad
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#12
Quote by bangoodcharlote
The thing is that the second chord is a triad.


Ah, your right.

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#13
Thanks guys. Im a little tired of using power chords for a chorus. Im actualy wanting the full chords for a slower paced song written in the minor scale.
#14
Quote by jc71corvette
Thanks guys. Im a little tired of using power chords for a chorus. Im actualy wanting the full chords for a slower paced song written in the minor scale.
G and D are not going to be the only chords you play if you're in a minor key.

What's cool is playing a powerchord riff w/ heavy distortion, and then the full chords underneath on an acoustic guitar. Or better yet, fingerpicked chords underneath!