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Discover the Phrygian ModeAn Improvising Tool

The Phrygian mode will give your licks a Spanish flamenco flare that will get your guitar playing noticed. It’s another tool to add to your improvising arsenal to put a stop to boring licks. You need more than the Pentatonic scales to get creative.

This mode comes from the 3rd note of the major scale.

You have to time the F note right so it doesn’t clash with the E note of the chord.

The F note should be a short one using it as a passing tone to lead into another note tone or a tone from the next chord.

The iii Minor Chord – Phrygian Mode

The 3 chord doesn’t get used as a home chord the way that the ii and the vi chord do.

The 3 chord lacks the major 2nd that are in the other two. This note is important for melodies. It has a minor 2nd instead which is too close to the root note and clashes with it.

It’s usually used as a passing chord like in a Dm(ii) to Em(iii) to F(IV) to Em(iii) Progression in the key of C.

If you are having trouble following the ii and iii chord things I’m talking about check out this page to understand better.

Guitar Chord Theory

Here is the music notation with tab for this mode.

I recorded a short piece using only the notes from the E phrygian scale played against an Em chord nothing fancy so you can hear the sound of the mode.

The E Phrygian played against an e minor chord

The Phrygian List

Remember this mode comes from the 3rd note of the minor scale>

Phrygian Mode Formula

Here is the formula as you would make it from the major scale.

Here is this modes formula 1-♭2-♭3-4-5-♭6-♭7

For some it might be easier to think of it as the major scale starting on the 3rd note. This would definitely be easier for some keys like C, F and G.

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Diminished SeventhChord Theory

Diminished seventh chord theory is simple you stack minor thirds on top of each other. That’s it.

In the major scale the diminished triad becomes a minor 7th with a flatted 5th and not a diminished 7th like you might think. The 7th is actually a 6th from the root.

They used to teach you that years ago even in the Mel Bay Books which were the big authority on guitar back in the 60’s

This chord can come from the 7th note of the harmonic minor scale.

It can also be made from the diminished scale. The diminished and the diminished 7th are the only chords that can be made from the diminished scale.

There may be other sources that I’m not aware of but we’ll use the diminished scale to build this chord.

Scale Theory

You have to understand scales before you can understand chord building theory. There are many scale sources for chords but most you will learn from the major scale.

Diminished Seventh Chord Theory

Here are the diminished scales. There’s only two of them.

I put the chromatic scale there to stop confusion. This scale contains all the notes.

Some prefer to think there is only one scale you just start on the second note of the whole dim scale.

I’ve seen these called dominant scales because they are used over dominant chords

The first is called a whole diminished scale because it starts with a whole tone-two frets apart.

The second is called a half diminished scale because it starts with a half tone-one fret away.

C

C♯

D

D♯

E

F

F♯

G

G♯

A

A♯

B

C

Diminished Seventh Chord Theory
Making the Chord

Diminished seventh chord theory consists of stacking minor thirds together.

If you don’t understand what minor thirds are check out the page below then come back.

Music Intervals

Here are the diminished scales with numbers.

Chord Formula

This chord will be made using the formula below

1-3-5-7

C-E♭-G♭-A

If this was a major scale the A would be a 6th and not a 7th.

P.S. You may see where they call the 7th chord in the major scale a diminished 7th chord. They used to use this chord instead of the minor flat 5 chord. Old school.

Diminished 7th Chords

To complete your diminished seventh chord crash course here are some chords to use.

These chords are all the same chord.

Diminished seventh chord theory. All these chords have 4 names, one for each note tone.

They also repeat themselves every minor 3rd or 3 frets, the same distance we used to build the chord.

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Discover the E Flat Major Scale

The E flat major scale adds yet another flat giving us B, E and A flatted in this scale. We are still moving in the circle of 4ths with the scales.

The only open strings for this scale are the 4th string D is the major 7th and the 3rd string g is the major 3rd. This isn’t a good key for acoustic guitars in the standard tuning where you want to have long ringing notes.

This scale is made from two tetrachords from the A flat and B flat scales.

Because the E flat major scale is made from A flat and B flat major scales you will see the same notes and chords in the E flat, A Flat and B flat major scales.


E Flat Scale PDF

E Flat Major Scale Construction

The first four notes of this scale came from the key of A♭. The last four notes of the E♭ scale come from the key of B♭.

E Flat Tetra-Chords

A tetra-chord is four adjacent notes that make up half a major scale. Every major scale has two of tetra-chords.

The first E flat tetra-chord comes from the last tetra-chord in the A flat major scale and the second tetra-chord comes from the first tetrachord in the B flat scale.

Key

1st Tetrachord

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2nd Tetrachord

Key

E Flat Major Scale Number System

Major scales have numbers that go with the notes for easy identification. This is an easy way to communicate notes and chords that will work for any major or minor key.

8 starts the scale an octave higher but it’s still the same scale. Octaves don’t really matter in chord building because the notes have the same effect on the chord, just a different voicing even though it sounds like a different chord.

Usually this is used to refer to the chords but it is also our way of building our chords from scales. When referring to chords the numbers are usually written in Roman numerals, upper case for major chords and lower case for minor chords.

If you want to learn about the modes of the major scale go here.

E Flat Major Notation and Tablature

E Flat Major Chords

E♭

Fm

Gm

A♭

B♭

Cm

Ddim

E♭

E Flat Major Chord Diagrams

E Flat Major Key signature

This is how the first bar in sheet music will look if you are in the key of E♭. The flat symbol circles the B line and the E and A spaces in the staff.

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Guitar Scales Method

There can be other flats ands sharps. They will be marked next to the notes on the staff but the B, E and A won’t be so you have to remember them.

The flat keys spell words as you cycle through the 4ths starting with B then BE then BEA and so on.

Major Key

♭’s

Key Signature

Rel Minor

E♭

B♭, E♭, A♭

C

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Learn Guitar Chords….Right From the Major Scale

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Learn guitar chords without a chord book. It fairly easy to do. This is also a good way to get more familiar with the fretboard notes.

Chord books are good to use but they don’t have all the possible ways to play a chord because there are too many. If you learn how to make them you can come up with some unique voicings.

I find that making a chord book of your own is useful. All you need is a Chord Diagram Blank. Right click and save to your computer then print out as many as you need. Punch some holes and put in a notebook. This also helps you get more familiar with the fretboard.

Chords from the Major Scale

7 Notes – 7 Chords

Every major scale has 7 basic chords, 3 major, 3 minor and 1 diminished.

Every major and minor chord are in three different scales. The C major chord is in the keys of C, F and G. It is a I chord in the C scale, a IV chord in the G scale and a V chord in the F scale.

Chord Making Scale-Note Table

Top Row

The top row is the C major scale in two octaves. We need two octaves to name chords and other notes.

Middle Row

In the middle row are the numbers the we will use for naming different chords. Not all these numbers are used but I put them there to make it clearer.

Bottom Row

The bottom row has Roman Numerals that we will use for each chord. The upper case is for Major chords and the lower case is for minors.

You can write out chord progressions using these Roman Numerals and you will be able to play them in any key as long as you know the chords in the keys. This isn’t too hard to do.

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

I

ii

iii

IV

V

vi

vii

I

ii

iii

IV

V

vi

vii

I

The Roman Numerals just repeat with the octaves. There are only 7 of them.

Need help finding the notes on your guitar fretboard?

Making the First Guitar Chords
Learn Guitar Chords

What we do to make a chord is use every other note. The triad is a basic three note chord, the root of all guitar chords. We will make a three note chord for each of the seven notes of the major scale.

Scale Note

Chord Notes

Chord Type

To get a complete understanding of the triads and the chord building process check out the page below.

This is how all chords are built and it’s pretty easy to understand.

Beginner Guitar Chords

Here is a list of all the triads in all the major scales

The Major Scale Guitar Chord Triads
Learn Guitar Chords

This is the beginning of making chords, you can keep adding notes. The most common chords after triads are 4 note chords. These are mostly 7th chords like C7 or Dm7. The extra notes add a little “color” to the chords.

Major Scale – Chord Formulas
Learn Guitar Chords

All of these guitar chords and any others that we make will be referenced to the major scale.

In other words the formula to build a minor chord would be 1 3b 5.

The 3 is flat because the major scale has a major third not a minor third or 3b. This is just a tool for making chords and has nothing to do with keys although there are similarities.

All chords are referenced this way to make things simple, instead of trying to make a chord from the 2 or 5. It would get confusing because we have numbers in a lot of our chord names.

Most chords are made by stacking major and minor thirds together, every other note. If you are having trouble understanding how these chords are being made you should go to the music intervals page.

Chord Symbols
Learn Guitar Chords

Most written music and tab uses symbols for guitar chords so they can be written easier. I’m not talking about chord diagrams I’m talking about a chord symbol like E7+9 or Cmaj7. Here is a page on how to read chord symbols.

Reading Guitar Chord Symbols

How to Make Chords

Here is a page that shows you how to make chords from the major scale in more detail than the above paragraph.

How to Make Guitar Chords

How Many Chord Types?
Learn Guitar Chords

The 4 main types are major, minor, augmented and diminished but there are many variations and altered chords too. Check out the chord list page below to see all of them.

List of Chords.

Basic Guitar Chords

There are a handful or so of basic major and minor guitar chord forms that you can use to play just about any song with. Check out the link below.

Basic Chords.

Guitar Barre Chords
Learn Guitar Chords

These chords are the most used chords on guitar. They are essential for anyone learning guitar no matter what style music you are into. Here is a page about barre chords

Barre Chords

The 7th Chords
Learn Guitar Chords

These chords add a new dimension of sound to plain major, minor, augmented and diminished chords.

I have a special page just for 7th chords, Enjoy.

7th Chords

Dominant 7th Chords

This 7th chord deserves its own page. It gets used more than all the other 7th chords put together.

Dominant 7th Chords

Power Chords
Learn Guitar Chords

Power chords are used all the time in rock music but you can find them in all types of music. They just don’t get played through a stack of Marshall Amps ®. Here is some more info on power chords.

Power Chords

Diminished 7th Chords
Learn Guitar Chords

These chords normally only get used for a measure or less at a time. They are used most of the time actually as passing chords

They come from the minor scales. They do have some unique uses. Here is another page that goes into more detail.

Diminished 7th Chords

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Discover theF Sharp Major Scale

The F sharp major scale has six sharps giving us F, C, G, D, A and E sharped in this scale.

This scale has one open note, the 2nd string B. Not a good scale for open chords. You could also tune your guitar down a half tone and play in G.

This scale is made from the tetrachords from the B and C sharp scales.

These scales are related, you will see the same notes and chords in the C sharp, F sharp and G sharp scales.

These scale names are also the names of the major chords in the F sharp scale.


F Sharp Scale PDF

F Sharp Major Scale Note Layout

F Sharp Tetra-Chords

The first tetra-chord comes from the 2nd tetrachord in the B major scale and the 2nd tetra-chord comes from the 1st tetra-chord in the C sharp major scale.

Key

1st Tetrachord

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2nd Tetrachord

Key

The F Sharp Major Scale Numbering

The major scales have numbers that match up with their notes. This way of referring to numbers makes it possible to refer to all scales and chords no matter what key you are in.

Referring to chords the numbers are written in Roman numerals, upper case for major chords and lower case for minor and diminished chords.

F Sharp Major Notation-Tab

The F Sharp Major Scale Chords

F♯

G♯m

A♯m

B

C♯

D♯m

E♯dim

F♯

The F Sharp Major Chord Diagrams


The F Sharp Major Key Signature

This is how the key signature looks when you’re in the key of F♯. The Sharp symbols are on the F and D lines and the C, G, A and E spaces of the staff.

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Guitar Scales Method

This doesn’t mean the music can’t have other flats or sharps in it. They will be marked in the music itself but the F, C, G, D, A and E won’t be so you have to remember them. B is the only note that’s not sharp.

Major Key

♯’s

Key Signature

Rel Minor

F♯

F♯, C♯, G♯, D♯, A♯, E♯

D♯

Reading Music Notes

Here is a link on how to read music notes.

Reading Music Notation

Music Intervals

When you know the circle of 5th’s it’s fairly easy to remember the sharps. The 5ths circle is the 4ths circle in the opposite direction.

To learn more about intervals check out the intervals page below.

Musical Intervals

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Guitar Power Chords…Essential Rock Chords

These two note guitar power chords are the basics for too many to count popular rock songs. These chords are just as important to rock music as altered chords are to Jazz musicians.

The fact that there is no 3rd in this rock chord lets us use both major and minor scales for improvising without concern about major or minor.

Power Chord Structure

A power chord is written with a 5 after the letter of the chord, like E5, G5 or C5.

All power chords are either a major or minor chord with the 3rd removed. This makes the chord usable for major or minor lead work or improvising giving many more scales to pull leads from.

Although there are only two notes to a guitar power chord when you double them up with octaves they can be very powerful. I guess this is how they got their name.

If you need a better understanding of chord structure this page will help.

Power Chord Scales

You can use the major and minor Pentatonics scales, the Blues major and minor scales, the Dorian, Mixolydian and Aeolian plus the Major scale. You can also experiment with the Harmonic and Melodic minor scales.

The root of the home chord will be your scale choice most of the time. If you are playing to an A5 chord use the A scale of any of the above scales, you can also experiment using the relative minor or major scale of that chord even though it has no 3rd. For A use an F sharp scale or a C scale or mode. Experiment.

Power Chord Amp Settings

Most power chords need to be played loud and have a good balance of tone. Some good bottom with higher toned harmonics coming through.

If you use power chords on your first three strings you may have to try different tone settings to get the sound you want or heavier strings.

That is unless you want a more treble sound which might work out good when the bass guitar provides the bottom for you.

The variations of sounds are only limited by your imagination.

Power Chord Diagrams

Here are some popular forms of power chords.

C Chord Forms

The 1st chords root is on the 5th and 3rd strings

The second chords root is on the 6th and 4th strings

The third chords root is on the 6th and 1st

The last chord above is best played like a regular barre chord but let your 4th finger touch the 3rd and 4th string lightly to mute them.

A Chord Forms

The 1st chords root is on the 5th and 3rd strings

The second chords root is on the 6th and 4th strings

The third chords root is on the 3rd and 1st

G Chord Forms

The 1st chords root is on the 6th and 4th strings

The second chords root is on the 6th, 3rd and 1st strings

The third chords root is on the 5th and 3rd strings

E Chord Forms

The 1st chords root is on the 6th and 4th strings

The second chords root is on the 6th, 5th and 3rd strings

The third chords root is on the 4th and 2nd strings

D Chord Forms

The 1st chords root is on the 5th and 3rd strings

The second chords root is on the 4th and 2nd strings

The third chords root is on the 6th and 4th strings

There are many more but these are the easiest to play. You can play any major or minor chord and mute the 3rd in the chord like C E G , the C chord mute the E note.

Experiment with some different forms. Here is one that you probably know and all you have to do is lift your second finger so the 3rd string doesn’t make any sound.

This combines upper and lower strings. You don’t have to play all the strings. Go for the sound you want.

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Lead Guitar ScalesSecret Scales?….

Lead guitar scales. Are these secret scales known only to the really good guitar players? They are the same old boring major and pentatonic scales.

They use the same scales you see all through this site. The main ones are the major and minor pentatonic scales and the major and minor blues scales.

They also use the major scale but that is where these other scales really came from. The pentatonic scales are actually short versions of the major scale and the Aeolian Mode that comes from the major scale.

How Come “They” Sound So Good?

When you practice scales you probably play the whole scale, this is how everyone is taught scales.

However in a song or lead you never use the whole scale like you practice it because it would sound like a practice lesson.

You have to skip notes, reverse them and anything else you can think of.

The “Real” Reason
“They”Sound so Good

“They Follow the Chord Changes”

You have heard players that don’t change with the chords, you get bored with their playing quickly because there is no change, it’s monotonous.

You have to change with the chords and flow into the chord changes.

Varying your rhythm is another way to enhance your guitar leads.

Chord Tones

You must know all the notes in the chords. Any of these notes can be used in your lead. You will find that many of the chords you change to share a note or two. After a little practice of memorizing the notes in chords it will become 2nd nature

If you had a C9 chord you would have C-D-E-G-B♭ chord tones. The major blues C-D-E♭-E-G-A, minor blues C-E♭-F-G♭-G-B♭.

You have to be careful with how you play the A note(keep it short) because of the B♭. It will clash and sound bad.

Check out the chord pages to see how chords are made. This will help you to remember the notes in them.

Guitar Chord Theory

Open Strings

Just because you are playing up the neck doesn’t mean you can’t use open strings. If an open string is in the chord or scale you can use it. This also gives you a little extra time for shifting to another position.

All the open strings E-A-D-G-B-E are in many major keys like C, D, A, G. Other major scales will have one or more open notes you can use.

Different Tunings

A lot of guitarist’s use open tunings for guitar. This is good for fingerpicking and slide guitar. George Thorogood uses open tunings on many songs.

Check out my page on tunings below.

Alternate Guitar Tunings

Transcibe Software

This is software that helps you learn a song from a recording. You can slow it down and still keep the original pitch and you can change keys too. You can also do loops for a tough section to repeat it.

You should already know some chords and songs before trying this software, but it does have a free trial period and it’s a small download. Check it out.

Transcribe! for Windows, Mac or Linux

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A Simple Major Scale Primer…Shows You Easy Music Theory

The major scale primer will introduce you to music theory and the major scale. It is the basis for most of the music in the western hemisphere. Knowing how major scales are made will make the rest of your learning a snap.

The distance between two notes is called an interval. For right now we only need to know two of them; the minor second and the major second. The distance between a minor second is one note or 1 fret. The distance between a major second is two notes or 2 frets.

There are only two places in music where there is not a note between two notes. That is between B to C and E to F.

If you want to find out some more about intervals click on the link below.

Intervals

The Major Scale Layout

The major scale can be constructed by using these two intervals. For simplicity I will use 1 for a minor second interval and 2 for a major second interval. These can also be the number of frets apart.

Major Scale Primer
C Major Scale Construction

This is how all major scales are constructed.

The C Major scale example

If you look at it closely you will see it is made of two identically spaced sections 2 2 1 separated by a major second interval, 2 frets.

C to F is one section and G to C is the second one.

Major Scale Primer
Major Scale Chords

Major scale chords are made by selecting every other note in the scale. To show you better I will write the C scale out two times. Scales are also given numbers, these are the numbers you see after a chord symbol like C7.

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

In the above table each scale letter has a number. There are some numbers which don’t get used except for teaching purposes.

Not all chords will have diagrams with the name so if you want to understand how to read guitar chord symbols like Cma7 or Dm9 then check out the page below.

How to Read Guitar Chords

The 8 and 15 are octaves of 1, they’re not used in chord names

The 10 is the octave of the 3, it’s not used in chord names

12 is the octave of 5 and isn’t used in chord names

14 is the octave of 7 and isn’t used in chord names

Major Scale Primer – The Basic Chords

As I said earlier we usually use every other note to make chords. Here is how you would make the chords for the C scale, these are only basic triads.

Roman Numeral

I

ii

iii

IV

V

vi

vii

If you want to check out some simple chord diagrams click here.

All Major Scales Use This Format

Diminished Chord – 7th note

Scale Notes also have Names
Major Scale Primer

Most of the time you will reference chords by their Roman Numeral. The major chords are upper case and the minor are lower case. Some of the names I put here so you can see where some chords get their names.

Some other chords get their names from the interval name they have.

The ones with two numbers are just that, those notes can be either. In chord construction octaves don’t matter that much it’s the note itself not what octave it’s in. The note has the same effect on the chord.

What does matter is the way it sounds. This is why it’s called music theory. Something might work for one song but not another.

Note Names, Numbers and Roman Numerals

D = 2 = 9 = Supertonic = major 2nd = ii

E = 3 = Mediant = major third = iii

F = 4 = 11 = Sub-dominant = IV

A = 6 = 13 = Submediant = Major 6th = vi

B = 7 = Leading tone = Major 7th = vii

This info is in case your reading something about music theory you’ll have a rough idea of what they mean

My First Guitar Lesson Book

The first book I got when I started taking lessons in 1964 was Mel Bays Modern Guitar Method Volume One.

This book is still available today. I’m sure it’s changed some but the fact that it’s still out there getting people started playing guitar is amazing. That’s over 45 years.

Here’s a link to it in case you want to check it out.

Modern Guitar Method Volume One

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Three Chord Songs

There are thousands of 3 chord songs you can learn on guitar, many are pop tunes, country and blues songs too. Three chord songs are more popular than complicated tunes and easier to play on guitar

Most Blues songs use the three major chords from a major scale.

The first position is tough for barre chords because the string don’t have a lot of give this close to the nut(The nut is the piece that holds the strings at the beginning of the neck).

Another three chord song by the Rolling Stones is “Dead Flowers”. This song is on the “Sticky Fingers” album and also the “Stripped” album, the latter is a live version.

3 Chord Songs have probably produced more hits than any other chord progression combo then even the 4 chord Doo Wop(50’s) era progressions.

“You Can’t always Get What You Want” is a classic Rolling Stones song. This is a good beginner guitar song although you may have to work on the F barre chord if your new to guitar. Just play the 1st 4 strings of the F chord if you can’t get it yet.

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s song Sweet Home Alabama is another one.

A little theory, every major and minor chords are used in three different major scales. Any major chord can be the I, IV or V and any minor chord can be the ii, iii or vi of any major scale.

The upper case Roman numerals are for major chords and the lower case are for the minor chords.

This is important because the pentatonic scales are used to improvise over these basic chords.

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

This is one of the Rolling Stones most popular three chord songs. Another one is (I Can’t Get No)Satisfaction.

Here are the Basic Chords

Here are the lyrics with chords for you to learn the song. You should have a copy of the recording so you can hear the chord changes. If you do it from memory it might not be exactly right. Take your time and listen for the chord changes. Try to sing it after you have the chords down good enough.

Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards – The Rolling Stones – 3 Chord Songs

Boys Choir in Beginning C to F 4x French Horn Intro Verse 1 C F
I saw her to-day at the re-cep-tion
C F
a glass of wine in her hand C F
I knew she was gon-na meet her con-nec-tion, C F
at her feet was a foot-loose man Chorus 1 C F
You can't al-ways get what you want C F
You can't al-ways get what you want C F
You can't al-ways get what you want D F but if you try some-times you might find C F
you get what you need
C F
Chords Only Verse 2 C F
I went down to the de-mon-stra-tion C F
to get my fair share of a-buse C F
Singing we're gon-na vent our frus-tra-tion C F
if we don't we're gon-na blow a 50 amp fuse" Chorus 2 C F
You can't al-ways get what you want C F
You can't al-ways get what you want C F
You can't al-ways get what you want D F but if you try some-times you might find C F
you get what you need
C F
Ah Baby Verse 3 C F
I went down to the Chel-sea Drug Store C F
to get your pre-scrip-tion fil-led C F
I was stand-ing in line with Mr Jim-my C F
and man did he look pret-ty ill C F
We de-cid-ed we would have a so-da C F
my fav-rit fla-vor cher-ry red C F
I sung my song to Mr Jim-my C F
and he said one word to me and that was dead
F
I said to him Chorus 3 C F
You can't al-ways get what you want C F
You can't al-ways get what you want C F
You can't al-ways get what you want D F but if you try some-times you might find C F
you get what you need Short Break with guitar/choir with Mick singing “Ah Yeah” Verse 4 C F
I saw her to-day at the re-cep-tion
C F
in her glass was a bleed-ing man C F
She was prac-ticed at the art of de-cep-tion C F
I could tell by her blood-stain'd hands Repeat about 3 times Chorus's 4-5-6

C                              F
You can't al-ways get what you want No
C                              F
You can't al-ways get what you want 
C                              F
You can't al-ways get what you want 
           D                        F 
but if you try some-times you might find 
                 C      F
you get what you need
C                 F

Repeat Chorus and end however you like it’s “your” song now. When you learn a song you will add your own playing style. Try and do something unique to the song.

Dead Flowers

This song is the version from the “Sticky Fingers” album

Dead Flowers Chords
More Three Chord Songs

There are 4 chords but the 1st one lasts 1 beat and it’s one note different than the D chord. It’s the chord in the very beginning. We’ll still consider it one of the 3 chord songs.

The reason for this is the song doesn’t start on beat one. It starts on beat 4, the other 3 beats are at the end of the song. You count it as 4&. You play two eighth note beats with chord one.

These are called pick up notes. You will see these in sheet music as the first bar in the music. These rest of the notes to make a full bar are in the last measure of the song. This is actually where you start counting the first measure.

It actually sounds like you missed some of the song when it starts.

This is a very easy song to play. This progression is popular in Country music.

Dead Flowers – Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

 Intro Play Chords One Time
Dsus2 D A G D
4& //// //// //// //// Verse 1
D A G D
Well when you're sit-ting there in your silk up-hol-stered chair D A G D
Talk-ing to some rich folk that you know D A G D
Well I hope you won't see me in my rag-ged com-pa-ny D A G D
Cause you know I could nev-er be a-lone Chorus 1 D A D
Take me down lit-tle Sus-ie, take me down
A D
I know you think you're the queen of the un-der ground
D G And you can G D
Send me dead flow-ers ev-ry morn-ing
G D
Send me dead flow-ers by the mail
G D
Send me dead flow-ers to my wed-ding
D       A G D
And I won't for-get to put ros-es on your grave Verse 2
Same Chords as Verse 1 Chorus 2
Same as Chorus 1 Song Lead Guitar Break
Guitar Lead - Play one verse section Final Chorus
Same as Chorus 1 except Drag Out Last Line

D     A                    G              D
No, I won't for-get to put ros-es on your grave 

I couldn’t find a separate sheet music for this 3 chord song but it’s most likely in one of their books.

Dead Flowers – mp3

Rolling Stones – Tab

Sweet Home Alabama

Here are the Chords for this song

There is a 4th chord that gets played once in the Boo Hoo Hoo line so we’ll still consider it one of the 3 chord songs. It’s the F chord, the same one in “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” above.

Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Words and music written by Ed King, Gary Rossington and Ronnie Van Zant

Intro
D C G Play 4x Verse 1
D       C G
Big wheels keep on turn-ing
D C G
Car-ry me home to see my kin.
D       C G
Sing-ing songs a-bout the south-land
D C G
I miss ole bam-y once a-gain and I think it's a sin
D C G play 2x Verse 2
Same Chords as Verse 1 Chorus 1
D C G
Sweet Home Al-bam-a
D C G
Where the skies are so blue
D C G
Sweet Home Alabama
D C G
Lord I'm com-ing home to you
D C G play 2x Verse 3
D C G F C D
In Birm-ing-ham they love the Gov-nor Boo hoo hoo
D C G
Now we all did what we could do
D C G
Now Wat-er-gate does not both-er me
D C G
Does your con-sence bother you tell the truth Chorus 2
Same as Chorus 1 Verse and chorus vocal break
Verse 4
Same Chords as Verse 1 Chorus 3 - Repeat 3 times
Same as Chorus 1
End when you want to

Sweet Home Alabama – mp3

Sweet Home Alabama – Tab

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