Saturday, 2 August 2014

Major chords for fourths tuning

In this post I will cover three common major chord shapes used in fourths tuning. I'll introduce each in turn then provide an example of playing a I-IV-V progression using each of the chord shapes. 

To assist you with understanding the construction of each chord type, following is a fretboard chart showing the intervals in fourths tuning, the sixth string is at the bottom of the chart.

Four note chord - shape 1

This chord is orientated to the right of the tonic. For those of you who already play in standard tuning, this shape is the same as the "E-type" chord shape played on the sixth to third strings. The following diagrams show the suggested fingering for this chord and its intervals.

Four note chord - shape 2

This chord shape is orientated to the left of the tonic and is similar to the "C-type" chord in standard tuning.  The suggested fingering and intervals for this chord type are shown below.

Major barre chord

See my previous post for an explanation of the major barre chord for fourths tuning. Following is the suggested fingering and interval chart.


To get these chord shapes under your fingers, following is an exercise playing the I-IV-V progression in the key of G using each of the shapes described above.The tab is shown for the Eb-Ab-Db-Gb-B-E tuning,  if you prefer to use E-A-D-G-C-F as your tuning then increase the tab numbers by one.

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