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The Most Common Guitar Chords

The most common chords on guitar

When first learning guitar it’s important to learn and play songs. Scales and exercises that improve dexterity and coordination between your picking and fretting hands definitely have their place, but incorporating real music into your practice routine is essential to assist with your technique, and even more importantly timing. With … Read more

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What are 7th chords?

What are 7th Chords

When learning guitar, the first chords you are likely to encounter are major and minor triads (3 note chords). But once you have a decent grasp of these introductory chords (yes, even F major) what chords should you learn next? Usually, the answer is 7th chords. 7th chords are triads … Read more

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What is a Half Diminished 7th Chord?

Half diminished 7th chords

Ever come across a chord written like this ø7 or perhaps m7b5 or even -7b5 and wondered what it was? It’s a half-diminished 7th chord also known as a minor 7 flat 5. This chord can seem confusing, but in reality, once you know how to put them together and … Read more

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What is a Minor 7th Chord?

Amin7 chord compared to A minor

How do you make a minor chord more interesting? By adding an additional note, and making it into a 7th chord. In today’s article, we’re going to be discussing the magic of minor 7th chords. But, if you are just looking for a quick rundown: Minor 7 chords (min7 or … Read more

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What is a Major 7th Chord?

Amaj7 Chord Chart - Compared to A Maj

7th chords are a great way to add interest to an existing chord progression, all by simply adding one additional, note. In today’s article, we’re going to take a closer look at one of the four most common types, the Major 7 chord. If you’re just looking for a quick … Read more

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