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Guitar Chords with Only Two Fingers
Three note chords using only two fingers are not just an easy way
out for kid's songs and lazy guitar players, if done correctly
these slick chord voicings will have you producing amazing guitar
sounds. Guitar chords with only two fingers are essential tools
of the professional guitarist.
There is a tendency to think that the more notes the guitarist
plays the bigger the sound will be, nothing could be further from
the truth. This is definitely a case of less is more, the secret
to some of the best loved popular guitar sounds from groups like:
Dire Straits, Rolling Stones through to jazz rhythm guitar expert
Freddie Green with the Count Basie Orchestra all know the power
of these small chord shapes.
Classical composers from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven have used
these very same tonal principles to create enduring music that
the whole world loves and enjoys hundreds of years after these
musical compositions were written.
The sad fact of musical life is that almost every guitar player
would learn faster and sound better if they learned the skill of
playing and connecting small musical chord shapes.
So why is it that guitar players are oblivious to these extremely
simple yet powerful concepts?
The answer can be discovered by studying the guitar explosion,
after 1955 the guitar experienced worldwide popularity, all sorts
guitar instruction methods came on the scene, the main feature of
these methods was "how quickly" you could play. Notice I said
"how quickly" not how accurately you could learn.
Today, these "fix-it-all-in-five minutes manuals are everywhere!
Regardless of style, most guitar methods go down the same road,
the majority of guitar instruction manuals usually start out
using some generic chord shapes that are usually two hard for the
The result is that often (a)the player loses the beat because
they have to put all their energy into tackling the monster chord
shape in front of them, (b) they give up in frustration and
decide their time would be best spent elsewhere.
The brave students who survive the difficult chords shapes are
led to believe that if they persevere and keep learning more and
bigger chord shapes eventually it will "all come together" ...
wrong! Anyone who has struggled with bar chords will know that
these physically demanding chord shapes do not produce the sounds
we hear on recordings.
Take a listen to the Rolling Stones intro to "Start Me Up" or
"Brown Sugar", these catchy intro chords are three note chords.
Many would-be guitarists quit because they believe their fingers
are too thick, too slow etc when in reality the intro chords for
"Start Me Up" are small three note chords.
If you want to play easy guitar chords with only two fingers and
sound great whether you are playing funk, R & B, or jazz the
trick is to learn the basic musical knowledge of how chords are
constructed, each chord has it's own unique spelling and once you
start looking at individual notes that make up each chord rather
than viewing each chord as a chord shape you will be able to
design your own chord shapes and create a smooth professional
guitar sound that's easy to play!
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