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Alternate Guitar Tuning

Using an alternate guitar tuning is a good way of adding different sounds to the guitar. The guitar doesn’t have to be tuned in the standard E A D G B E tuning.There are quite a few players that don’t use the standard tuning at all or very little. George Thorogood is one example. His reason is he plays slide guitar in most songs.

An alternate tuning is usually tuned to a chord using the Root, 3rd and 5th as open string tones. The 3rd can be flatted 1/2 tone(1 fret) making it a minor chord tuning.

A good way is to get another guitar and use it for non standard tunings like for slide guitar.

Some finger pickers like these and other tunings because it brings the notes closer together for fretting. This is something Classical guitarist’s won’t lower themselves(Joke) to do.

Guitar Set-up

There are three ways to set a guitar up for alternate tunings.

Slide Only – One

If you are only going to play slide guitar then you can set your string height high. This will get a real clean sound. You also want to use heavier gauge strings.

Slide and Regular – Two

The second way is you have to compromise a little so you can finger notes and chords and also play slide. You can’t use thin strings for slide they don’t sound good at all. So you have to find strings that you can finger and play slide, a medium gauge should be good to start with. You might have to raise your string action too so you dont get fret bang from the slide.

Regular – Three

The 3rd way is if you are going to fingerpick or just play like normal. This is how Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones plays in a G or E tuning.

He plays the song Brown Sugar in an open G tuning but not always. He is also known for changing the way he plays songs now and then.

Try an Open Tuning

Even if you don’t want to play slide or finger pick try tuning your guitar to one of these tunings.

It doesn’t sound the same as a fretted chord and really sounds good on an acoustic guitar.

Caution! You might get hooked on that open chord sound. I think that’s what happened to Keith Richards. He likes to play in the G tuning a lot. Brown Sugar was recorded using this tuning although it could be played in a standard tuning but it wouldn’t have the same sound.

Tune up and try one.

If you like this sound you will want to pick up a slide or two for playing.

What makes this style appealing is you don’t have to know a lot about music to sound professional. You just need to perfect the slide technique.

Open E Tuning
Alternate Guitar Tuning

This open tuning tunes the guitar so when you strum all the strings you hear an E chord. I’ve had people that don’t play strum a guitar tuned this way and they think that playing the guitar is easy because they played that open chord that sounded good.

The guitar gets tuned as follows.

  • E string(heavy) = E = Root
  • A string = B = 5th
  • D string = E = Root
  • G string = G♯ = 3rd
  • B string = B = 5th
  • E string = E = Root

This tuning is equal to this chord but you don’t have to use any fingers.

This one is an alternate guitar tuning popular for slide guitar. You will find a lot of songs with slide are written in the key of E.

Listen to George Thorogood, Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Winter, or The Allman Brothers

They each have a unique slide technique that you will recognize when you hear one of their songs for the first time or if you hear them in concert with another group.

Here is another page with some more on the E tuning.

Open E Tuning

Open D Tuning
Alternate Guitar Tuning

This tuning is easier on the guitar neck because it is tuned lower. Most guitars are made for the stress of standard tuning or close to it.

This tuning is the same as E except it is one whole tone lower. The scale degrees(Root, 3rd and 5th) are in the same order as E tuning.

Here is how it gets tuned

  • 6th string(heavy) = D = Root
  • 5th string = A = 5th
  • 4th string = D = Root
  • 3rd string = F♯ = 3rd
  • 2nd string = A = 5th
  • 1st string = D = Root

You leave the 4th and 5th string as is and retune the rest.

If you leave the 3rd string at G you get the DADGAD tuning which is a D suspended 4th. This tuning is popular in the Irish fiddle tunes in 6/8 time.

Open D = Open E a Whole Tone Lower

This tuning is the same as E. In other words from the 6th string to the 5th is a 5th interval and so on. They only difference is it’s a whole tone lower.

So anything you read about the E tuning can be applied to the D tuning as well.

Your main blues keys are D, G and A without using a capo.

The D chord is open or 12th fret

The G chord is on the 5th fret

The A chord is on the 7th fret

Here is a page with some more info and open chords for D tuning.

Open D Tuning

Open G Tunings
Alternate Guitar Tuning

This is Keith Richards favorite open tuning. A lot of Stones songs were recorded using this tuning Brown Sugar is one of them.

The G tuning is close to the standard E A D G B E so you might hear a song played in either tuning like at a concert where the song was recorded in G tuning but played live in standard tuning or the opposite.

This tuning has two types a high and a low. It changes the 6th and 5th string tunings.

Low G tuning

  • 6th string(heavy) = D = 5th
  • 5th string = G = Root
  • 4th string = D = 5th
  • 3rd string = G = Root
  • 2nd string = B = 3rd
  • 1st string = D = 5th

High G Tuning

  • 6th string(heavy) = G = Root
  • 5th string = B = 3rd
  • 4th string = D = 5th
  • 3rd string = G = Root
  • 2nd string = B = 3rd
  • 1st string = D = 5th

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Open G Tuning

Open A Tuning
Alternate Guitar Tuning

This open tuning is the same as the G but one whole tone higher.

The A tuning puts a little more stress on the guitar neck but you can get almost the same results by putting a Capo on the 2nd fret and just move all your chords and licks up two frets.

Here’s the A tuning

  • 6th string(heavy) = E = 5th
  • 5th string = A = Root
  • 4th string = E = 5th
  • 3rd string = A = Root
  • 2nd string = C♯ = 3rd
  • 1st string = E = 5th

More about the A tuning.

Open A Tuning

Many More Tunings

You can tune a guitar to just about any custom tuning you can think of. I think it is Joni Mitchell that has a guitar set up to change to a lot of different custom tunings for playing live. She uses some very uncommon tunings which gives her a unique sound besides her voice.

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Diminished 7th Chords

Diminished 7th chords actually come from the 7th note of the minor harmonic scale.

They 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 that won’t matter for now.

Passing Chord

The diminished 7th can be used as a passing or connecting chord

Diminished chords connect subdominant chords. The subdominant chord is the IV chord of major scale

To do this you could use the diminished chord with the same name of the chord your on or the same name of the chord you are entering

So in the key of C if you were playing a C chord and the next chord was an F you could connect the two with a C or F diminished or diminished 7th chord

Here we use the note of the chord we are leaving

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C to F with a C diminished passing chord

Here is the one using the chord you are entering. I prefer the sound of this one better

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C to F with an F diminshed passing chord

Connecting Chromatically

You can also connect chromatically. When you have two chords a whole tone apart you can use a diminished or diminished 7th chord using the in between note

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C to D minor 7th with a C sharp diminished passing chord

Lead Work

Remember these ideas also work for lead ideas. You can use the diminished scale to connect two chords, you don’t necessarily have to use chords

Here’s another example using the last C to Dm7 change but no diminished chord just C diminished scale notes

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C to D minor 7th progression passing tones from diminished scale

Chord Substitution

The diminished 7th has another use. It can be used to replace a dominant 7th chord

To do this you would use a diminished 7th chord 1/2 step higher than the chord you want to replace.

If you want to replace a G7 chord (G B D F) you would use an A♭dim7 (A♭ B D F)

The diminished 7th has the 3, 5, 7 of the G7 chord. The A♭ would be a flatted 9th.

So even though you are using a diminished 7th chord you are replacing the G7 with a G7♭9 no root chord.

This works good in a ii V I progression allowing a chromatic drop of the bass line for this progression.

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Two Five One Progression in the key of C

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Learn Guitar Chords….Right From the Major Scale

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.

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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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Back to School

It’s back to school time, time to get new school clothes, computers and everything else you need for the upcoming school year

You can save a lot of money shopping at Walmart for school clothes, notebooks, laptops, ipads and more.

With Walmart you can buy online and pick up at your local store with no delivery charges.

Uniforms

Get your school uniforms at a better price.

School Uniforms

Back to School Products

Backpacks

These make it easy to carry your books and other other school item like your mp3 player.

Back to School Backpacks

Laptops

Get your laptop at the best price in town

Laptop Bundle

Cameras

Here is a great way to remember those school days. Before you know it they will be behind you

Cameras

Games

In case you have some leisure time between your studies, play a game to take a break

Games

Apple iPad

A very popular and useful item

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Apple iPod

A must for itunes and other Apps

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Desks

You need to have a place to do your homework

Desks

TV’s(Must Have Good Grades!)

Here is your reward for good grades, a new TV

Televisions

Back to College

You need a lot more for going back to college especially if you live there

Back to College

Readers

Here is a good item for school and leisure. Portable readers.

Electronic Readers

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Whole Tone Scale…Another Improvising Tool

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The whole tone scale is a symmetrical scale made up completely of whole tones or major second intervals

This scale is used mainly for improvising over altered dominant chords because of the flat and sharp 5th’s contained in it.

If we were to make chords from this scale they would all be augmented triads, C+, E+, and so on

Only Two Scales

There are really only two of these scales, it repeats itself every major 2nd

The first one would contain half of the chromatic scale and the second one the rest of the chromatic scale.

You could start on C for the first one and then C♯ for the second one

You can play every other note on one string starting with an open note up to the 12th fret for a whole scale

Here is the whole tone scale compared to the chromatic scale

These are the only two scales. You just start on the note you want and every other note in the scale is two frets away or one whole tone

These are 6 note scales like the Blues scales

Chromatic Scale

C

C♯

D

D♯

E

F

F♯

G

G♯

A

A♯

B

C

Whole Tone One

Whole Tone Two

The whole tone scale is good for improvising over altered 5th dominant 7th chords like these. You may see the second two with a + sign C7+ this is the same chord.

The plus sign means augmented which usually refers to the 5th of a chord unless written like C7aug9. This means augment or raise the 9th one half step or in our case 1 fret

However you may see other ways of writing them because there really is no standard for the world. Different countries may do them differently.

C+9 would mean a ninth chord with a raised 5th. There are set standards for writing chord names but they aren’t always followed so you might have to try two chords to see which one sounds right.

Also there may be more than one way to write a chord. C+7, C7+ or C7♯5 can all mean the same chord.

Dominant 7th Altered 5th Chords

C Whole Tone

This scale is played against a C7♯5 chord.

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C whole tone played against a C7 augmented

This scale can be started from any tone in the chord. For the C7♯5 you could start on C, E, G♯ or B♭

These scales are all the same they just start at different points.

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How to Hold a Guitar Pick

Learn how to hold a guitar pick so you get the best tone and you aren’t dropping it all the time. This may sound stupid to you but if you start out holding it right all your picking will be easier to do.

The main thing is you want to start out holding it right so you don’t have playing problems in the future that will have to be fixed before you can get any better.

It’s just starting out with a good foundation so you have something solid to build on.

This goes for all the things you learn about playing guitar. Get the basics down and you can learn to play anything at all.

Muscle Memory

Muscle memory is the human body’s ability to repeat a learned muscle movement.

It comes from repetition of a movement. Most of the time it happens without us thinking about it like reaching out to open a door.

You didn’t have to practice opening doors but if it was a special door that took a special movement to open it you would be aware of it and learn that movement.

Then every time you went to open that particular door your muscles would just go into action without your thinking about it.

The same is true for every movement you make especially playing guitar because you use your whole body. To move your little finger you have to move a muscle in you hand which moves a muscle in you arm which moves a muscle in your shoulder.

This is why having your whole body reaxed is essential to good guitar playing.

How Muscle Memory Works
For Guitar Players

If you repeat a movement enough times your body will remember this in your muscle “memory”. The muscles will then repeat this action without you thinking about it. This applies to every thing you do physically like hitting a baseball or pitching one. As long as your body doesn’t have any discomfort or pain your body will repeat this movement exactly like you taught it.

Bad Habits – Hard to Break

However your body doesn’t know if it’s right or wrong it just repeats what you taught it. This is why it’s hard to break bad playing habits, you have to retrain your muscles which is much harder than the initial training because your body still wants to use the first way it learned.

Your muscles don’t have a brain they just go on instinct or what you trained them to do.

This is why when you practice guitar or anything else you are learning you should take your time and pay attention to those little details that will make your playing sound professional.

Stop when you make a mistake and find out why; You didn’t change positions when you should have or maybe a different fingering or position will help.

Are you holding your guitar picks right. Firm but not tight, loose but not loose enough to drop them.

Don’t keep practicing something that’s wrong. Stop and fix it even if it means starting all over.

Pay attention to your picking hand along with your fretting hand and the rest of your body and relax your muscles when they get tense.

Use a metronome after you know the fingerings or whatever it is you are learning and start off slow playing

I wanted to explain about muscle memory above before you learn to hold the pick because it could save you some time.

How you hold the guitar is also important for the picking hand. Holding the guitar the same way all the time will help you get your picking hand more accurate.

Here is a page on How to Hold a Guitar

Pick Holding Guidelines

  • The pick should be held between the thumb and index finger
  • The Pick should be held Firmly not Tightly it must flex
  • The Pick should extend about a quarter of an inch past your thumb
  • The Pick should be parallel – with the strings, not tilted up or down
  • Your fingers should not hit the strings only the pick

Sometimes the right way of holding the pick won’t be quite right for you. You might have to make small adjustments. The main thing is that it feels comfortable and you have complete control of the pick. It should have a good “feel” in your hand

Pick Tilting
How to Hold a Guitar Pick

  • You can tilt the pick slightly toward the tuning keys
  • This gives better tone and speed
  • This can happen naturally without you knowing as you play more

Pick tilting means you are playing the strings at a slight angle making the area of the pick that strikes the string less giving better tone and speed when playing single notes.

In other words you are almost using the edge of the pick coming in at an angle instead of laying flat across the string.

This is also good for chord playing. Chords would sound Clunky if you use too much of the pick.

The area of the pick that strikes the strings is actually pretty small.

Pick Playing Position

I hope that this will clear up what I mean by pick tilting.

First lay your pick completely flat on any string.

Now take the pick and turn it sideways so the skinny edge of the pick is touching the string.

Now lay it back down almost all the way so the pick only touches the string on one side. Got it?

This is a hard thing to explain in words.

The Sweet Spot
How to Hold a Guitar Pick

You will have to experiment until you get the right spot to hold the pick so it feels comfortable and follows the guidelines up above.

Stroking the Strings

Down Stroke

When you play a string you should push the pick through the string with the weight of your arm. Don’t twist your wrist to play it.

When you play a single note you want to stop the pick between the string you just played and the string that is below it without hitting it. This will take a little practice to get control of your muscles. This is important to learn for playing single notes.

There will be times when you keep the pick going down to hit more strings as when playing chords or double stops.

Up Stroke

The same is true for the upstroke as for the down stroke the will be times to stop in between the strings and times to follow through.

There will be other situations where you skips strings or mute strings as you play them.

For now you need to practice these two basic moves while you pay attention to what both hands and the rest of your body is doing. Remember. Tension is your Enemy.

More Practice

Another thing you can do is to practice playing 2 or 3 strings in a row and stop between the last string and the one below or above it depending on which direction you are going

This will come in handy for playing triad based riffs and cross picking.

Guitar Picks

Here is a site with tons of picks

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Guitar PicksPlectrum Style Guitar

Guitar picks come in many different colors and thicknesses but the basic pick shape stays very similar because you have to hold it in your hand. Picks stay in a similar shape for the same reason baseball gloves do, they have to fit on someone’s hand.

In the case of a pick they must fit between the thumb and index finger comfortably.

The black tear-drop shape is a Gibson pick from a long time ago.

The white thumb pick is made by Dunlop I usually file the playing tip down some on these.

I prefer a heavy pick for single notes because they don’t flex too much. Medium picks I like for strumming chords.

The F1 and X1 picks I got on the internet a few years ago at http://www.f1pick.com. They have an extra section of plastic on them that helps steady the pick. The F1 has a plastic section for your index finger and the X1 has a section to put your thumb in.

Pick Material

The material the pick is made out of will effect the tone of your guitar. Try picking your guitar with some things you have around the house like a folded up piece of paper, broken CD or thin cardboard. Try using a quarter anything else that will work just to hear the different tones they create.

Picks are made from a variety of plastics and a few are made of metal. There are metal finger picks that the steel guitar players use and there are regular metal picks but they have no give.

I remember reading about a popular rock guitarist who used a dime for a pick but I can’t remember his name. It was the 60’s.

Pick Thickness

The thickness of your pick will change the tone some but the main thing is it will effect is your playing.

I’ve found that a thick pick is easier to control, they have less give and will help train your picking hand so your hand controls the tone too.

With the heavy pick you adjust the force your arm uses to pick lighter to heavy.

This puts a lot of the tone control right in your hand or arm I should say.

The thickness of picks vary from different manufacturers but not a lot. I usually use the Fender heavy because I have a bunch of them, any brand that doesn’t break is good.

Picking Speed

Here is another reason I like the heavy pick, since you have less flex you can play faster for single note picking. This movement comes from the wrist and arm together. They also make Sweep Picking easier. Most fast pickers like a heavy pick.

Basic Guitar Picks

Guitar Picks Main Page

Dunlop Picks

Dunlop uses a plastic called Tortex. They came out with a tortoise shell pick years ago. No they didn’t use real Tortoises. Dunlop’s Tortex picks are available in a variety of shapes and gauges.

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Fender Picks

I have been using these picks since the sixties

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Gibson Picks

50 Pack so you won’t run out for a long time

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Ibanez Picks

Ibanez makes picks with rubber grips and a “sand” grip too. They have special Steve Vai picks also.

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National Picks

They only sell fingerpicks because they only make Dobros and Variations of the original Steel body guitar.

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Clayton Picks

Here are some picks with pinup girls on them.

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EVH – Eddie Van Halen Tin Picks

Twelve pack with grips on pick so you don’t drop them.

Ernie Ball Picks

These guys have been making guitar strings, picks and other guitar accessories since the late 60’s

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Dominant 7th Chord

The dominant 7th chord is built from the 5th note of the major scale. It is used in all types of music but they are the main chords in Blues music.

This chord also acts as a lead in for a chord change usually a 4th away like from a G7 to a C chord.

Below is an example of the C scale. The G is the 5th note in this scale.

If we take every other note after the G we will build a G7th chord.

G – B – D – F These are the notes that make up a G7th chord.

Every major scale has a dominant chord built on it’s 5th note.

G Mixolydian Mode

The G mixolydian mode is the C major scale starting from the 5th note G. This scale along with others is used for improvising over dominant chords.

Dominant Chord Forms

Here are some common chord forms for this chord.

These chords are movable just move to the root note. On the first chord just play the 1st 4 strings.

Here is where the roots are for the above chords going from left to right.

1st Chord – Root – 6th and 3rd String

2nd Chord – Root – 6th and 1st Strings

3rd Chord – Root – 4th String

4th Chord – Root – 5th and 2nd Strings

5th Chord – Root – 5th String

Dominant chords can have other notes in them along with the 7th. Any chord that is built from the 5th note of the Major scale is a dominant chord including altered chords. They usually all have a flatted 7th.

If a chord name has a 7 after the note name it’s a dominant chord. If it has a maj7 after it’s not a dominant chord.

Dominant chords can be 9th, 11th and 13th chords too. Altered chords with a flatted 7th can also be considered dominant chords too.

Dominant Chords in Major Scales

Here is a list the keys and dominant chord for that key. The dominant 7th is always built from the 5th note of a Major scale. This is also true in the Harmonic and Melodic minor scales.

The F♯ and G♭ are the same pitch just spelled different for each key.

Dominant 7th Chords

Here are dominant 7th chords for all the major keys.



These chords are used a lot in all styles of music especially Blues music.

Most of these chords are movable just keep track of where the root notes are.

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B Flat Minor Scales

B flat minor scales are related to the D flat major scale. They are used for improvising besides being a key to play music in. They are tonic minors to the key of B flat major and relative minors to the key of D flat major.

B Flat Natural Minor Scale

Chords in B Flat Natural Minor Scale

B Flat Melodic Minor Scale

Flatting the 3rd of the B flat major scale will give you an B flat melodic minor scale.

Chords in the B Flat Melodic Minor Scale

B Flat Harmonic Minor Scale

This is written in the D flat key that’s why you see the natural sign next to the A’s. This symbol is called a natural and changes the note from what it calls for in the key signature.

Lower the 3rd and 6th note of any major scale to make it a harmonic scale

This scale has a Latin sound.

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Lydian Sharp 2 Mode for…Major 7th Chords

The Lydian sharp 2 mode comes from the 6th note of the harmonic minor scale.This mode will give you another tool or way of thinking when it comes to improvising over a major 7th chord.

This scale can also be used when you have an unaltered major 7th or one with a ♯11 or a ♭5.

This scale also contains a “blue” note, the flat 5.

The scale also has a minor and major 3rd in it. The minor 3rd is another “blue” note

This mode is close to a blues scale but the 7th is a major

This is the F Lydian sharp 2 played against an F major 7th

The Lydian sharp 2 played against an F major 7th chord

The G♯ in this mode will give a minor sound because it is a minor 3rd from the F. It can also be used as a passing tone to the A for a Major sound and a little Blues touch.

The G♯ is also a ♯9. The B gives you the ♭5 or ♯11 sound.

The Lydian Sharp 2 Mode List

The Keys below are Minor Harmonic, not relative major.

The D♯ and E♭ are the same scale this is where I switched from flat to sharp keys in the list.

Lydian Sharp 2 Mode Formula

The obvious is raise the 2nd of the Lydian mode from the major scale.

The formula based on the major scale

1-♯2-3-♯4-5-6-7

Easy one to remember if you like this mode.

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