Most beautiful chord you've heard

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  1. TaP

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    I came here to steal/try every single chord in this entire thread. If I haven't used them already. :yesway:
     
  2. Mr. Big Noodles

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    Can I hijack the thread asking why D minor is considered the saddest key? ^_____^
    I find C# minor to be sadder :lol:
     
  4. Mr. Big Noodles

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    Aside from the Spinal Tap reference, it is an easy key to play in for most instruments. I do not believe that any one key expresses emotion any better than another, but some keys are chosen more frequently than others because of practical reasons. You never see brass band music written in G# minor because trombonists have hunted all the arrangers who write like that into extinction. Also because that pretty much guarantees mistakes and bad intonation. Take a key like D minor though, all you have to worry about is one flat (plus the occasional accidental). Musicians can spend less time fighting their instruments and more time expressing the music. Ideally, all musicians should be capable of playing in all keys at all times, but that certainly is not how it works in practice. Everybody groans when they see five or six sharps or flats in a key signature. As guitarists, keys are not that big of a problem: you can transpose easily by moving everything up or down the neck. The problem with guitarists is that they rarely learn to exploit the harmonic resources of their instrument and allow their open strings to choose their keys for them. That's just how it is. Incidentally, D minor is easy to play in E standard, D standard, and drop D tuning. I suspect that the majority of guitarists tune to those three options.
     
  5. All_¥our_Bass

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    ^There's also the effect on mood that unequal meantone tunings had on different keys back in the day.
     
  6. Mr. Big Noodles

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    Ah, yes. How the hypophrygian mode stirs my phlegmatic humour!
     
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    A very pleasent sounding chord is IMO a G6sus4 chord (but it could be in any key).

    Fretboard pattern for this chord is:

    e---x
    b---13 C
    g---9 E
    d---12 D
    a---10 G
    e---x

    Another one is a minor 7 b13 chord.
    Here in the key of F#:

    e---9 C#
    b---10 A
    g---9 E
    d---12 D
    a---9 F#
    e---x
     
  8. ghost_of_karelia

    ghost_of_karelia Utrydd dei Svake

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    ^ is that first chord an inverted Cadd9? Or is there a reason it's called a G13sus4? I'm awful at naming chords and this kinda stuff confuses me. :D Nice sounding chord though!
     
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    Well, yes, it's also a C add9, I just named it like this because I assumed G was the root in this case.
     
  10. AugmentedFourth

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    jarvncaredoc is right, on most days this is an inverted Cadd9 because your ear wants to hear a 3rd in there, not a 6th. Although if the root truly were to be the G it would be G6sus4. G13sus4 implies that there is a 7th, which there isn't.

    It definitely could be G6sus4 though, for example if you resolved that soprano tone down a half step to B, it would be G6 and justify the chord as G6sus4. Assuming G is in the bass the whole time.

    Again, while this could be an F#m7b13, most will be tempted to call this a Dmaj9 with the 3rd in the bass. :yesway:
     
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    Maj7#11
     
  12. gorthul

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    Oops, didn't notice that when I was typing.
    Guess I should be more careful next time when I'm typing some chords into the computer. :yesway:
     
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    minor 9th over 3 in the bass.
     
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    Sweet, cheers for the clarification bud. :bowdown:
     
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    I really like playing with voicings a bit higher up the neck that leave open strings. Some of my favorites I've encountered in my playing are:

    e---0
    B---0
    G---8
    D---9
    A---9
    E---0
    (Basically a B bar chord without the bar)

    e---0
    B---0
    G---8
    D---6
    A---7
    E---0
    (A really fun voicing of Emaj7)

    e---0
    B---3
    G---0
    D---4
    A---5
    E---x
    (Some kind of D that I have yet to properly decipher)

    e---0
    B---0
    G---11
    D---9
    A---0
    E---x
    (B7sus4/A or something stupid like that)

    And, of course, this little ....er:

    e---0
    B---0
    G---1
    D---2
    A---0
    E---x
    (Amaj7sus2, really fun to use in C to create a sort-of augmented sound)
     
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    no favorite, those are not bad

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    I like Add11

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    I like the

    E 0
    B 1
    G 0
    D 3
    A 3
    E x

    Don't know jack shit bout chords... But feels like some kind of variation of F major-something-something?
    I like going from that chord, strummed on acoustic, to a regular C with the G added on the 3d fret of low E.
     
  19. DeathPaupiette

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    Cadd11 I'd say.


    E 0 - 7 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 2 - 0 -- 9 - 9 - 0 - x - x
    B 8 - 0 - 4 - 0 - 1 - 0 - 2 - 9 - 7 - 0 - 4 - x
    G 5 - 3 - 5 - 3 - 4 - 0 - 4 - 8 - 7 - 1 - 5 - 5
    D 9 - 5 - 5 - 4 - 2 - 2 - 4 - 7 - 6 - 4 - 6 - 6
    A 0 - 3 - 0 - 4 - 0 - 0 - x -- x - x - 2 - 3 - 7
    E x - x - x - 2 - x - x - 3 -- 7 - 7 - 0 - x - 8
    B -------------------------------------------- 0
    Am9 - Dm7add13 -Am7b5add5 - F#7add11 - Amadd9 - GMaj7#11add13 - B13 (with a 9th on top) - Bm6add9 - Eadd9 - CMaj7#5 - C+/B (C+Maj7).

    I gotta say a few of them can't really be used "as is" in a tune because of the "space" they're taking, but arpeggiated in a section or as an ethereal intro, some really shine. Some classic jazz voicing here and there too, and the last one really sounds like a mean spooky and evil piano chord to me, especially played fingerstyle (gotta love that M7 in the bass <3) with a rumbling 7th string. Have fun, I love the idea of this thread !
     
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    I've been too addicted to Holdsworth, Eric Johnson chords these days.......
     

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