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illustrations to follow will outline guitar scales and chords that
are directly related to each other. By no means is this a complete
list of chords for each scale, but the basic chords. The purpose of
this lesson is to get an idea for the chords that can be played for
each of the scales listed.
Each scale below
is an A type of scale either major, minor, diminished or augmented.
You will need to play each scale and learn the different sounds each
create. Once you learn the scales, you play each chord and see how
they relate to the scale outlined.
The Dorian mode
is a also called the minor 7 scale. Notice the chords that work well
with this mode. Strum the Am chord and then play the A Dorian mode
in the suggested position in tab below. Repeat this process with
each of the scales illustrated.
Once you learn
each scale/mode, move them to other keys. To do this, you would use
the same fingering patterns, but move to a different position. For
example, the A Dorian mode starts at the 5th fret; by moving this
same fingering pattern to the 7th fret, you would have the B Dorian
mode. The chords would then be Bm Bm7 Bm6 Bm9. This works for all
the scales and chords.
4th String Root Guitar Chords
The Chords illustrated below are chords
that are formed by the note on the 4th string. Although the Low E
string and the A string have an (X) which means don't play, you can
play the open A string for the A chords illustrated. Look at the 1st
illustration below. It shows the chord formed at the 5th fret.
Notice the A note at the 7th fret (4th string or the D string). This
illustration shows how to play the A chord. But by moving this chord
either up or down the fretboard, you can play other chords.
The image to the left shows
you how to play the A chord by starting on the 4th
string. Notice the A note in yellow to the left. This is
the root for the A chord. The notes of the A chord are,
A, C# and E. You can move this fingering pattern to play
other chords and use the same fingering pattern. If you
moved this fingering pattern two frets higher, you could
play the B major chord at the 7th fret, look at the next
Look to the left, notice the
fingering pattern is now at the 7th fret. This would be
the B major chord. Notice the root note on the D string
is now on the B note 9th fret. It's now the B major
Look to the left, notice the
fingering pattern is now at the 8th fret. This would be
the C major chord. Notice the root note on the D string
is now on the C note 10th fret. You can move all the
fingering patterns below to play all the chords.
All the chords illustrated below show how
to play only A chords. A major, A minor, A dim and so on. But you
can move these chords around to play in other keys. By moving
the finger patterns below down two frets you would be playing all G
type chords. Move everything two frets higher and you would be
playing the B type of chords. The root of each chord is found on the
4th string, this would be the D string.
Notice that all the notes on the D string
below are A notes. It is recommended that you learn how to play all
these chords using a different root note. Move the root note up and
down the fretboard and figure out the other chords as you move. You
can use the
guitar fret board illustrations
to come up with your own chords.
This should keep you busy for a while.
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