Jazz Style Extended Chords

The 6th, 9th, 11th and 13th chord extensions are all discussed with on-screen finger patterns shown for each. A sample progression is also given to show how effective these chords can be for spicing up progressions.

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Jazz Style Extended Chords...

Performing any of the seventh quality chords, their extensions, and eventually developing the altered chords, is an absolutely excellent way for every guitar player to branch out further with chord practice. Add to that, these extended chord types can be expanded upon - with developing your guitar technique and with their application into your composing by allowing you further ideas reaching into many other musical styles.

Pop-tunes, Soul-music, R&B, Country and even some Classic Rock songs can all have these chords showing up in their various sections. One other cool thing is swapping-out extensions for any of the standard 7th chords. By extending a chord into a; 9th, 11th or a 13th we retain the function of the chord in the progression, (since the overall quality is still functioning as it was when the chord existed as a 7th type). The harmony of the chord progression actually stays the same when extensions are added, all that ends up changing is the chords color, (tonal effect), of how the chord sounds.

Applying extensions is a great way to begin adding more flavor into your; jazz, soul or R&B (or any other style) rhythm guitar - without having to learn a ton of new information regarding harmony & theory.

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    Great stuff! I've always been a fan of your videos. It's nice to see you on UG as well.
    Great lesson I have been in touch with all kinds of chords, but this was a great review for some people I'd say you should give a lesson about where the names come from, the meaning of each chord. It helps greatly to get the idea on how to make a chord, i.e C13sus.
    My guitar teacher was teaching me this yesterday, the video above has really helped. Thank you very much...
    Andrew, the master of the guitar.This lesson has given me a great understanding on how to form these tasty chords. I'll definitely be writing some sweet stuff using these.