This is a great way to start outlining chords. This gives songs/chord progressions a really cool feel… one that I’m hearing all over popular music today… Consecutive 10ths! Essentially we’re just taking the root note and then a 3rd above it. The bulk of these come from our 6th String Barre Chords (“E” shape chords), 5th String Barre Chords (“A” shape chords) and our “D” shape chords.

Since we’re only playing two notes we’re not playing enough notes to definitively spell out each chord. The way I outline it in the videos are a great way to start using them, but using some theory you can use a “major” shape to play an inverted minor chord. You can also use the “minor” shape to play an inverted major chord. So you will see examples of the shapes spelling different chords depending on how you use them.

Give ’em a go and check out the tabs. Dig!

-Related Lessons-

0:36 – Finger Picking Overview
0:50 – Major Scale Intervals | 3rds
0:50 – Consecutive 3rds | Lead Guitar Concept
0:56 – Octave Patterns
0:58 – 6th String Barre Chords | BO 9/10
1:39 – Horizontal Scales (Single String Scales)
1:43 – Know Not Memorize Your Fretboard | Steps
2:25 – Building Chords?! | UGT 2/8
2:47 – Naming a Chord?! | UGT 4/8
5:13 – Playing Open Chords | BO 4/10
5:13 – Major CAGED Chord Shapes | CO 1/10
5:54 – Octave Patterns


Consecutive 10ths, Using Consecutive 10ths, Octave Patterns, Open, Barre and Sus Chords, Theory, CAGED Chord Shapes, Fretboard/Note System

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