Introduction to Building Chords – Lesson 48

About Introduction to Building Chords – Lesson 48

Level: Intermediate

Introduction to Building Chords – Lesson 48

In this lesson we teach you how to construct chords.

Syn’s Tips

Papa Gates mentions “inversions” towards the end of the lesson. An inversion is a chord that doesn’t start on it’s “root” note. For example, if you are playing a C major chord but the lowest note in the register is an E, that would be an inversion because that’s the major 3rd of the chord, not the root.

There are a few different types of inversions. It all depends on which note you start on. If you start on the major or minor 3rd, it’s called a “first inversion”. If you start on the 5th of the chord, its called a “second inversion” and how about if you start on the 7th? Correct! It’s called a “third inversion”.

Don’t worry about applying this now, it’s just helpful to be aware of this for the future. However, for all of you that want to, please feel free to experiment with these as long as you don’t feel over whelmed or get frustrated!

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Ricky Isman
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Ricky Isman how to play the video ,my browser cant play it?
Ids Schiere
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Ids Schiere I've been calling inversions voicings. Guess I'must wrong with that. Also aren't slash chords basically different inversions?
Eva Den Hartog
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Eva Den Hartog I don't know if it's coming up an any of the other videos, but I would love to know how you apply these chords (sus2,sus4 etc) to the Scales! Do you just have to target the notes that differ from the regular chords, so instead of reaching for the G note in a G major chord, you target the A note in the Gsus2 chord. So then you have to play different scales right, because for a Minor chord you have to alter the Gmajor scale into the G minor scale. I know for example that for a Gsus(# 4) chord? (G,D,C# ), the G lydian scale plays over it pretty. well, and then I target the C# note. I hope this is making any sense 😉
Julian Barton
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Julian Barton Is this true for all triads? (raising the 5th is augmented etc. etc.)
Jon Fitzmaurice
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Jon Fitzmaurice Thanks Papa Gates for this lesson. It covers the reason behind these concepts and not just the "do it thus way".
John Tierney
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John Tierney Actually I have an idea that may help some people starting out but Papa Gates or Syn please chime in if I'm stepping out of line. This idea will take some time. Write out in a journal or something the notes to make a said chord using the rules from the video. Then you have all the notes required to make the chords and on the guitar find these notes and play them in a new way or in a classic way from the earlier videos. Also falling back to lesson 42 about the learning the fret board, doing this will help you learn the notes on the fret board too so try to push your boundaries and find something new to you. Like syn said in the tips from lesson 42 being diverse in knowing how to make the same chord in different ways will make you a more valuable player. Rock on everyone and let me know if this is helpful to you.
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Brilliant! Thank you, John!
Daniel Kiebeck
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Daniel Kiebeck The "G-Scale" u mentioned D -------------2-4-5--------- A ------2-3-5------ E -3-5------------ If i start this scale on the 5th fret it´s an A-Scale. So if i count out the 1 3 and 5 starting on the 5th fret i can build the same chords with an A. Is that right?
Giuseppe Pianese
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Giuseppe Pianese Openminded! One stupid question. When you have G7, why is not F# but just F? Don't we have to attend the 5th's wheel in building chords?
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Not stupid at all. When it's F# it's called a G Major 7. (GMa7 or G△). A G7 actually refers to a G Dominant 7 - which has a flatted 7. It would make more sense to me if a G7 referred to a Major 7 and then a flat 7 was referred to as a G Dom7 - but I did not make up the rules.
Luke Schafer
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Luke Schafer This is was very useful
JOHN WOMACK
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JOHN WOMACK Very good useful information. I like learning theory..
Thomas Moore
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Thomas Moore How do you memorize all these D;
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Time and tears.