Exploring the idea of Chord Voicings for guitar, piano and answering the question of whether guitar chords and piano chords are the same thing?

UPDATE:

There’s been some odd questions about this video so wanted to make a few points.

Firstly, yes, this is a question that people are asking. Sometimes I choose a video topic using the YouTube search auto-complete. In this example, if you type “Are guitar chords….” into the search bar, you get the response “… and piano chords the same?” as a prominent result. This means people are searching for it, and that’s why we’re here.

Secondly, yes, I am explaining this fairly simply because, in my opinion, if you’re asking this question you’re likely to be a beginner in terms of chord theory. If you feel like I’ve missed something then feel free to add it to the comments below, that’s what they’re for.

Lastly, no, I don’t feel like I’m providing any misinformation here. At all. Again, if you believe I’m wrong or have missed something crucial please do add it to the comments below.

Anyway, ta 🙂

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Chord Theory Brain Teaser

This is a fun, (well, fun for a specific kind of person), exercise which will help familiarise you with chords and scales and how some of the more complex chords can be constructed. Essentially we’re adding a Common Tone to a sequence of chords and seeing how that note affects each chord.

My Favourite Chord: Stacked 5ths

 

Today I’d like to introduce you to my favourite chord of all time. Behold:

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A Gsus2, or a Dsus4?

In my mind this chord could actually be any one of 3, depending on which note you decide to be the root:

  • If the deepest pitch is the root then the middle note is it’s 5th, and the higher note is a 2. That makes the chord a Sus2.
  • If the middle note is the root, that makes the deeper note a 4th; while the higher note is a 5th. So this chord is an Inverted Sus4.
  • If the highest note is the root, then the middle pitch is a 4th, while the lowest pitch is a m7…. Root, 4th, m7th…. I don’t think there’s a name for that chord to be honest…
    EDIT: Having spoken with a musical colleague we came to the conclusion that, you could refer to this chord as Inverted Stacked Fourths. Maybe read-up on Quartal Harmony for more info.

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