Open Sounding Guitar Chords

Creating unique progressions using wide-interval "open sounding" guitar chords.

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Creating rich sounding, wide interval open-string harmonies can often be easy enough to play. However, the simplicity of the chord shapes, (along with the limitations of using several of the guitars' open strings), can also cause some road blocks when attempting to create nice flowing open chord ideas.

The trick to getting this open-sounding chord process down, (especially if you're trying this with standard tuning), will be a whole lot of experimentation and patience.

Begin by learning (or just inventing/testing) a couple of random "simple" shapes (two notes spaced between strings works great). Then try organizing them against the open guitar strings. Keep it simple. If your ideas sound good, then build upon them. If you can't build on an idea, try something different. Test and operate with those small shapes against open strings until you discover a few interesting sounds to compose from.

In this guitar lesson video, I'm going to begin with an on-screen theory lesson. It should work nicely to help students get a solid idea of how this open-chord concept can operate on the guitar's fingerboard. Then, I will head to the guitar and demonstrate a couple of live examples of how this sound can be applied. Enjoy!


About the Author:
Andrew Wasson is a 1992 Graduate of Hollywood California's Guitar Institute of Technology (G.I.T.). He has operated his Canadian Music School, Creative Guitar Studio, for the last 20+ years teaching thousands of guitarists both in studio sessions. You can learn more at his official website.

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    TheBigDirty716
    Fun concept to mess around with, thanks! And that Em riff sounds really cool
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