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jon bishop Jonisoneofthosegreatall-rounders who can turn his hand to almost any style. No ‘Jack of all trades and master of none’,henailseveryonewithease!. simon barnard Simon is a graduate of ACM and The GuitarInstitute,holdingaMasters degreeinmusic.Heteaches,examines and plays everything from rock to jazz.

Shaun Baxter One of the UK’s most respected music educators, Shaun has taught many who are now top tutors themselves. His Jazz Metalalbumisconsideredamilestone.

RichardBarett One of the finest blues and rock guitarist we know, Richard is a stalwart columnist for Total Guitar, Guitarist and GT. He’s alsoTonyHadley’stouringsix-stringer.

charlie griffiths GuitarInstitutetutorCharliefirstcame tofameinTotalGuitar’sChallenge Charlie series. He’s also one of the UK’s top rock, metal and fusion guitarists.

philhilborne TheUK’soriginalmagazineguitartutor, Phil’s something of a legend. A great player, he’s got the Phil Hilborne Band back together so catch them if you can.

phil short YoumightrecognisePhilfromwinning the Guitar Idol competition on Sky Arts. But Phil also teaches at BIMM in London and is a busy session and touring player. martin goulding Oneoftheworld’sforemostrockand metalguitarists,Martinteachesfor dime-online.organdhaswrittenfor many of the world’s top guitar mags.

patheath BIMMBrightonlecturer,ESPproduct demonstratorandall-roundbusy musician, Pat brings you six cool licks each month in 30-Minute Lickbag. bridgetmermikides GuildhallandRoyalAcademytrained, Bridget is a Royal College of Music examiner, a respected classical player andaward-winningbluesguitarist.

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CHORDS FORM THE backbone to almost all music. Whether it’s the luscious arrangements of classical composers like Thomas Tallis; Hilton Valentine’s timeless intro to House Of The Rising Son, or Joe Pass’s wondrous jazz accompaniments, it’s all about harmony. And that means chords.

Our earliest brush with chords is usually our earliest brush with the guitar. A friend showed me open A minor and I found other ‘shapes’ that my musical mother told me the names to. I put these ‘shapes’ to the songs I was learning and it began to fall into place.

Except it hadn’t, really. I didn’t for once consider that the chords were made up from scale tones, with certain intervals dictating each chord’s nature. I was mostly playing six-string beginner ‘shapes’ or barre chords (once my small hands had beaten the Rosetti Lucky 7’s cheesegrater action into submission) with half the notes duplicated anyway. Chords were just ‘shapes’ to me.

Then one day I went to see a band in the local town hall. The guitarist was playing a sunburst Epiphone Riviera, and using chords that looked and sounded like nothing I’d ever heard.

Talking to him I disovered these were ‘jazz’ chords; not a barre in sight and usually only four notes played at once. Wow!

He suggested I buy Mickey Baker’s Complete Course In Jazz Guitar which showed and named all the chords he was using. The first few pages of that book were my constant reading for months. I learned all these ‘new’ chords and how they worked harmonically. The fact that most of them didn’t have a 5th and many didn’t even start from the root note, was a revelation.

Chords, and harmony in general, are still a thing of wonder to me. And, while I’ll never be a Joe Pass, those few pages from Mickey Baker’s book completely changed things.

Well, this month you don’t need Mickey, as Phil Capone describes almost all of those chords, and also shows how to fit them into the context of several musical situations.

If you’re anything like me these ‘adult’ chords will open up whole new vistas for accompaniment, solo work, or simply just further your appreciation of this fundamental aspect of music. Who knows? You might even start looking for an archtop. Have fun!

Neville Marten, Editor


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