Building More Complicated Chords – Lesson 49

About Building More Complicated Chords – Lesson 49

Level: Intermediate

Building More Complicated Chords – Lesson 49

In this lesson we show you how to construct more complicated “extended” chords.

Syn’s Tips

I utilize this SO much with Avenged Sevenfold. I’m constantly finding those unique chord shapes or chord ”voicings” and either strumming them or even “arpeggiating” them which means that the picking hand picks the notes individually, while the fingering hand holds all strings down simultaneously so that all the notes ring out over each other when picked.

A great example of arpeggiating chords is Stairway to Heaven by the legend Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin. Notice how he moves his fingers up and down the frets to get these very unique voicings.

Experiment with unique voicings and arpeggiating the chords and then please share with us what you come up with by uploading a video of yourself to the "Lesson Comments" section below! We look forward to watching you!

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Edy Nudelman
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Edy Nudelman So much of Life on Mars in this vid! Awesome!
Jonas H
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Jonas H Great Lesson! You´ve mentioned the most important thing in my opinion: creating your own style. I mean it´s cool to play like you or Syn, but you´ll always be "you". And your style is unique. The thing is that every chord has a different feeling. Let´s say you are going to write a metal song and you are searching for a spicy chord to fresh things up, it´s always possible that BECAUSE of this particular chord you´ll drift away from creating a metal song and and start composing an overture or something like that. That´s why I love experimenting with chords, they can carry you into different worlds..