Week – 12 G Minor

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Notes in the chords :- G (root note) – D(perfect fifth) – A#(minor third)

In the previous blog we covered the B minor chord which was the 1st of the barre minor chords that new guitarists are introduced to, but there is another chord similar and maybe a little easy to pull off than its major counterpart but is still a popular chord. Just as Bm was the chord for the 5th string after A#, G is the chord on the 6th string after F. The chord is G minor, lets learn about it.

So the G Minor chord is a minor chord which means that it will have similar characteristics to the B minor, D minor and E minor chords discussed before (https://achordaweek.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/week-2-d-minor/). As with all Minor chords it consists of a root, minor third and a perfect fifth. In the case of G minor the minor third is A# and the perfect fifth is D.

It has a sort of etched pattern on the fret board of the guitar when played, somewhat  similar to E minor. But the sound is very unique and is used in many classic songs.

This is a song by Deep Purple which consists of a plucking in the intro which evokes the sad and melancholy for the song’s context.

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Week – 11 A Major Seventh

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A Major Seventh notes : A (root note) –C# (Minor Third) – G# (Major Seventh) – E (Perfect Fifth)

Looooong ago in the history of A Chord A Day,  we had covered a chord (https://achordaweek.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/week-3-g-dominant-seventh/), this is one of the 4 notes chord and a seventh chord, Why am I mentioning this today? Because I am going to write another seventh chord. Now now, don’t get so excited, lets talk about A major seventh.

One thing, I was always fascinate(and confused) while playing this chord on the guitar and realizing how just awesome the sound would be after just moving one finger back(the confusing part was figuring out which seventh chord it was.). So in A major seventh we have 4 notes, like any other chord the root, which is A, and the perfect fifth which is E, minor third, which here is C#, And the additional major seventh which is G#.

A great example of the use of the A Major Seventh chord can be seen in the song Lazarus, where the Major A chord is followed by a A major seventh. This brings about a change in tone which gives a mysterious environment to the song.

The use of this chord in this song is very critical to change the emotion portrayed by the song. This gives a song unique sound.

Week 10 – B Minor

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B Minor notes : B(root note) – D (Minor Third) – F# (Perfect Fifth)

In the previous blog we covered the F major chord which was the 1st of the barre chords that new guitarists are introduced to, but there is another chord similar and maybe a little easy to pull off than its major counterpart but is still a popular chord. Just as F was the chord for the 6th string after E, B is the chord on the 5th string after A(https://achordaweek.wordpress.com/2017/06/30/week-8-e-and-a-chords/). The chord is B minor, lets learn about it.

So the B Minor chord is a minor chord which means that it will have similar characteristics to the D minor and E minor chords discussed before (https://achordaweek.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/week-2-d-minor/). As with all Minor chords it consists of a root, minor third and a perfect fifth. In the case of B minor the minor third is D and the perfect fifth is F#.

It has a sort of etched pattern on the fret board of the guitar when played, somewhat  similar to F Major. But the sound is very unique and is used in many classic and great songs.

The best example I can think of is Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd which is very widely popular and anything i say about the song is known, just know that the starting chord is B minor.

Week 9 – F Major

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Notes in F major: F (root note) – A (major third) – C (perfect fifth)

After talking about the Barre Chords in my previous blog (https://achordaweek.wordpress.com/2017/06/30/week-8-e-and-a-chords/), it seems good that the next chord to talk about should be the chord which is the introduction to the Barre Chords. The chord is F Major, when I first learnt this chord it was the hardest, and it is understandable considering the barre involved. But still, I hated that chord. Anyway, lets learn about F Major.

F major chord, just like other Major chords (https://achordaweek.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/week-4-d-major/https://achordaweek.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/cmajor/) consists of the root node, the major third and the perfect fifth. In the case of F Major the major third is A and the perfect fifth is C. Its relative minor will be the D minor chord. Just like any major chord the F major chord sounds happy and is fulfilling, the song using this chords are very hopeful and happy to hear but is often found to use in mysterious sense.

The chord is used in many songs, one of the song which i have been listening to a lot is “I am the Highway”

The song is quite a mysterious and according to the lyrics, is supposed to produce a lonely vibe, and that is just what the starting chord does. The F major in the starting of the verse proves to be the chord that drives the song to creates the sense required.

Week 8 – E and A chords

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This week we are gonna do something different, we have these chords E and A, These chords are quite unique to play on the guitar because the string 6th and 5th are in the note E and A respectively ( in Standard Tuning ). One can imagine there being a relation between these two chords and the strings. These chords can be replicated and form other chords. Lets see how.

To understand this 1st we have to understand how the notes work in Guitar strings, it goes like this “A-A#/Bb-B-C-C#/Db-E-F-F#/Gb-G-G#/Ab”. Now if we were to take the E string then it would follow the progression from E. This can be used to find different chords in the fret board. How we do that is extremely simple, We know the Major E Chord. Looking at it carefully at it’s shape it reveals the it uses all the string in the guitar. Now in order to replicate this into another all another one has to do it just press all the strings on a certain fret and create the E Major shape in front of it. The chords will be of the note that is on 6th string on the guitar.

Similarly for A chords one can create similar effect, just pressing the 1st-5th string and then creating the A chord shape, the note on the 5th string will be the chord.

This is extremely useful as it can be used in many other chords, Major, Minors, Sevenths etc.

Week 7 – G Major

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Notes in G major: G (root note) – B(major third) – D (perfect fifth)

G Major, the one chord that I see in most of the poses that guitarist strike with their guitar. G Major is quite an hard chord to pull of when starting to learn to play the guitar. It requires all the 4 fingers and is just hard. But it is undoubtedly used a lot, in all kinds of songs, actually I always tend to start songs with this chord, I don’t know why. Trying to move away from that habit. Lets take a closer look at G Major.

G major chord, just like other Major chords (https://achordaweek.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/week-4-d-major/https://achordaweek.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/cmajor/) consists of the root node, the major third and the perfect fifth. In the case of G Major the major third is B and the perfect fifth is D. Its relative minor will be the E minor chord. Just like any major chord the G major chord sounds happy and is fulfilling, the song using this chords are very hopeful and happy to hear.

There are a lot of songs which use this chord as a beginning chord it has been used all around the music world. I am gonna list some of them.

Knocking on Heaven’s door is a great song, its unique melody starts of with a G Major and it creates a opening in the song for the chords to follow.

Week 6 – A Major

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Notes in A major: A (root note) – C#(major third) – E (perfect fifth)

A Major, oh sweet A major, the chord that every one who is interested in guitar but cannot play it wants to learn. Don’t know if it is because of A being the 1st letter of the alphabet or something, I get asked to teach how to play this chord quite a lot. and plus it is easy too, just like E minor (https://achordaweek.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/week-5-e-minor/) used 2 fingers, here we use 3 fingers. Lets talk about it.

A major chord, just like other Major chords (https://achordaweek.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/week-4-d-major/, https://achordaweek.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/cmajor/) consists of the root node, the major third and the perfect fifth. In the case of A Major the major third is C# and the perfect fifth is E. Its relative minor will be the F# minor chord. Just like any major chord the A major chord sounds happy and is fulfilling, the song using this chords are very hopeful and happy to hear.

A perfect example of the chord’s sound would be, two steps behind by Def Leppard. The starting chord in this song is an A major which keeps on repeating the sound in the song and makes it better.