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Bored with your guitar playing? Spice your chords up with colour tones!
I read in a book about how we can add and subtract notes from a
chord to create a melody. For example the C chord. Releasing and
hammering on the 2nd fret 3rd string changes the chord sound and
creates a kind of melody. This seem especially true when we do it
with the higher strings. My question is, when we release the
string it is no longer a C chord, so why is that ok to do that?
And can we, for example, take our pinky and hit notes outside the
chord to create a melody? If so, when is it ok and when is it not
The additional notes you are
referring to are called a *color tones* . If for example you are
playing a C chord the notes that make up a C chord are C, E &
G any other notes from the C scale that you add to the C chord
from the C scale e.g., C scale = C D E F G A B C
C chord = C E G
C scale = C D E F G A B C
Color tones = D F A B these are the notes that are in the C scale
that can be added into the C chord for *color* of flavour
another way of describing this concept would be to think of a
chord as being a *cup of coffee* you can add milk, cream, sugar
etc., to that coffee for flavour this is what you are doing when
you add in the color tones.
If you add the color tones on the higher strings you will create
different chord textures e.g C2, C4, C6 etc., if you add color
tones on the low strings of a chord you will create *slash* chords
e.g., C/B, C/F, C/A etc.
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