Whoo!!!, Too Many Chord Shapes to Memorize!!!
Where is Today's Chord?
"Whoo!!!, Too Many Chord Shapes to Memorize!!!"
Hopefully, that is something you might have realized three months into the Chord a Day saga, that:
It never was my intention to do a whole year's worth of chords. I'm surprised I went three months (January, February, and March). And, in 2020 I added a video for each chord for 91 videos. Those three months covered the Basic Open Position Chords , Movable Form Chords, a few Free Form Chords, and a start of 4-part Jazz Chords in March.
Although I did miss one really popular chord that should be there. It's a basic 4-part chord that I was shocked I had missed. Here is a hint: '5500'.
So now that Spring is here in the Northern Hemisphere where I live. It's time to get out and start using all these new chords and really learn how they are used and what substitutes you can use.
See You Next Year!!!
Here are a series of lessons to get you going towards that ultimate goal of being to play any chord you ever need.
- Basic Open Position Chords - These are the core set of chords that the January covered. These are the basic chords that every ukulele player should know.
- Movable Chords - movable form of the open position chords
- "Jazz" Chords - these chords all start with the Big Six core chords.
- “Free Form” Chords - this is where you know how chords are created, constructed and used and don't fit into one of the above categories. With a low G, C tuning, these chords are a kin to closed voicing chords, where all the notes are within one octave - just like most of the chords with a high G, C tuning.
The Forgotten Chord
Here is one chord that I forgot to add that is a basic chord that should have been in January or February somewhere.
The Forgotten Chord
This is a great voicing as a substitute for this Fmaj7 voicing which tends to be a bit dissonant.
End of Lesson - Thanks, Hope You Enjoyed It!
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