Monday, December 15, 2014

Chord "Deux" Jour Challenge: Eb and Gdim

The Chord "Deux" Jour Challenge means learning or expanding upon two chords per day for 49 days. Check out the full list here.

Each chord map will hopefully appeal to guitarists and keyboardists of all skill levels. Simple chord shapes for novice guitarists are provided with the following finger system:

1 index finger
2 middle finger
3 ring finger
4 little finger
o play open string
x do not play open string
( bar one finger over more than one string
T that rare occasion that I recommend you use your thumb to fret a note (which probably won't show up during the Challenge)

Today's first chord is E-flat major, or Eb:

Guitarists, you can play the A-shape barre chord at the 6th fret, or the E-shape barre chord at the 11th fret -- but try this C shape at the 4th fret. Let the open G string ring, and avoid both E strings. When coming up with cool voicings, see if you can use open strings to your advantage.

Keyboardists, there are at least three ways to play a triad:  Root position (i.e., Eb-G-Bb), 1st inversion (G-Bb-Eb), and 2nd inversion (Bb-Eb-G). Use these variations to your advantage.

The next chord is G diminished, or Gdim:

Two more tomorrow. Cheers!

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