Categories of article topics
Detailed description of the 8 blog categories
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This site is about chords, all chords, every chord, and chords you have never heard of. You can expect 90-95% of the articles to be focused around chords. I will stray sometimes from a chord-centered focus but in general, it’s all about guitar chords. I can guarantee you that I have found SWEET and NASTY chord voicings that you haven’t seen before. When it comes to what I call “nasty” chords, there are 2 kinds: nasty-good and nasty-bad. Nasty-bad chords just sound horrible. Nasty-good ones also sound bad but feel good. I include chord shapes and corresponding scale shapes in all the chord articles.
The main categories are based on the chord types. Specifically, the 4 types of triads. But I add 2 other chord types to that list:
Major, minor, augmented and diminished scales are covered under the same categories I include musicians and “popular” songs that use some of the more complex or exotic chords as a reference. See below for descriptions of the other 4 categories. Click on any of the categories to go to the page with related articles.The link “Articles” is blog central, or the main article section
Articles about major chords and scales are in this category. All major chords like maj, 6, add9, 7 are included, but also chords like add911, 7b9b13, maj9#11, etc. Articles on major scales and shapes are also here.
Articles on minor chords and the various minor scales most commonly used. I’ll also cover the minor scales that are commonly used over major chords, the most obvious being the minor pentatonic and blues scale.
Articles on suspended chords and some suggestions about scale choices. I mainly only cover sus4 chords as sus2 are just the 1st inversion of sus4 chords.
Articles on augmented chords and the 2 augmented scales that guitar players tend to use. There are some nice 7#5 chord voicings that can substitute for 7th’s.
Articles on diminished chords and scale shapes. This is the smallest category as there are not a lot of diminished chords.
Articles on the various 7b5 chords that jazz players use often. These tend to be the nastiest chords but I really like a number of them.
Ah, everyone’s favorite subject. Just kidding, but I like music theory if it improves my playing or writing. You gotta know the basics! I cover the chromatic scale, circle of fifths, intervals, and building scales and chords. Other articles will cover notation (roman numerals, NNS, tab), articulation (bend, slide, etc.) and other subjects.
Songs & Chops is kind of a miscellaneous category. I cover playing chords via strum patterns, finger picking, hybrid picking and arpeggios. I also cover things like using a capo, the best keys for the capo on different frets, and what I call a Bend-Map for my Larivvee acoustic. I also cover any gear that I use or find interesting.
Why is this guitar chord site about and what do you mean by “every” chord?
I have chord voicings that no one else has. You will want to read my About page where I go into detail of why I did what I did. Basically, I found over 120 chord names that can be built from 6 different scales.
Those 120+ chords are the ones that made the cut so to speak. Of the 120, about 60 are “unique” and the other 60 or so equal other chord names (I cover all that in the articles on the chord types).
What I did next, was to find every possible closed voicings in each of the CAGED positions. I found 364 closed chord shapes, and this is the important part, all of which are non-key specific. Meaning, they are for any key – I just mark where the root is (or the 7th or 9 if no root).
I then used those 120+ chord names to find every open chord for EVERY key down the entire neck. Once again, in all the CAGED positions. FYI, there are a lot of 7alt open chords in standard tuning, but they are all in the keys that have sharps or flats.
C, G and D major are the best major keys for chords with open strings. Just look at the opposite keys from those on the circle of fifths, the tritone, (Gb F#, Db C# and Ab) and all the open strings become altered tones: b9, #9, b5, #5 or b13, etc.
In total I found about 2400 open chords making the total of open and closed over 2600+ chords in standard tuning. Some of those chords are not keepers, but others are either the sweetest or nastiest chords I have ever heard.
Some of those chords will be free for download or included in my articles, but the best ones will cost a small fee. I have variations of the complete lest: either by key, by fret or by 6th, 5th and 4th string bass notes. Or, I may only have them available in a members only area (still building the site).
What else do you have?
And I’m not done. I have a few unique circle-of-fifths for specific purposes. I have one that highlights the best keys with open chords for capo positions on frets 1 thru 4 (I think you will find it interesting). That one is for free.
I also have a tritone circle of fifths based on B-F for C major which lists all the chords in every other key that have both a B & F in them.
I also have multiple circle-of-fifths charts for chord substitutes. For example, I list every chord from any key that has CEG in the chord if you are looking for a jazzy substitute for a C majpr triad. I assume that would ne most useful for jazz guys.
One more thing! I also have charts on the tendency of every chord and interval. What does tendency mean? Let me give you an example. What is the tendency of a 7th chord, say for example, G7? Easy – it wants to take you back to C major, or to resolve to the I chord.
So the tendency of a chord, is basically which I major triad (or sometimes minor triad) that chord resolve to. I determined the tendency of all 120+ chord names, as well as for every interval. I also double-checked to see if they also resolved to the relative minor of the resolve major I chord (not in every case).
I think that about covers everything. I’m covering all this on the categories page because they apply to one of the categories on this site. Most of these other charts though will be on the downloads page.