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Chords Utilizing the top four strings
Hello all! This lesson can be grouped with previous lessons done on chords grouped in "families"- (6-4-3-2 string group) etc. As well as the harmonization of chords. The string group (4-3-2-1) is very important because this string group (family) is essential when studying chordal melody playing which is prevalent in the jazz idiom. It's also important for comping or accompanying other musicians. These chords are broken into the following: 1) Chords with root on the first string. 2) Chords with their third on the first string. 3) Chords with their fifth on the first string. 4) Chords with their seventh on the first string. 5) Chords with their ninth on the first string. In case you haven't realized the first string is refering to the high "E" string. These chords are using random roots but its your job, your duty, your honor, to transpose to the other keys. There's only twelve! Pay strict attention to the sounds of the chords, feel free to arpeggiate the chords, this will give the ears a much needed workout! Good Luck.
The chords on the first example of their root on the first string is as follows: 1. Gmajor(triad),- 2. Gmaj7- 3. G7- 4. G6- 5. Gmin7 6. Gmin7b5- 7. Gmin6- 8. G7#5- 9. G13- 10. G9(NR) (NR= No Root), 11. G7b9(NR)