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The<br />

Advanced<br />

Guide<br />

Vol. 1<br />

<strong>To</strong> <strong>Guitar</strong> <strong>Chords</strong><br />

Commonly referred to as “jazz”<br />

chords, this guide provides detailed<br />

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information on voicing 4-part chords.<br />

It covers all major, minor, diminished<br />

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and augmented chord types, their<br />

upper partials, alterations, add, sus<br />

and slash chords.<br />

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CURT<br />

SHELLER<br />

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the<br />

Advanced<br />

Guide<br />

<strong>To</strong> <strong>Guitar</strong> <strong>Chords</strong><br />

Commonly referred to as “jazz”<br />

chords, this guide provides detailed<br />

information on voicing 4-part chords.<br />

It covers all major, minor, diminished<br />

and augmented chord types, their<br />

upper partials, alterations, add, sus<br />

and slash chords.<br />

SAMPLE CHAPTER<br />

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By<br />

CURT<br />

SHELLER<br />

curtsheller.com<br />

<strong>Curt</strong> <strong>Sheller</strong> Publications<br />

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Pottstown, PA 19464-2348<br />

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Vol<br />

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The Advanced Guide to <strong>Guitar</strong> <strong>Chords</strong><br />

Volume I<br />

by <strong>Curt</strong> <strong>Sheller</strong><br />

SAMPLE CHAPTER<br />

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All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in<br />

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any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or<br />

otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher. For information,<br />

contact <strong>Curt</strong> <strong>Sheller</strong> Publications.<br />

<strong>Curt</strong> <strong>Sheller</strong> Publications<br />

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International Standard Book Number (ISBN)<br />

0-9714404-3-7<br />

Printed and bound in the United States of America<br />

Jim Hall Model guitar cover image courtesy of<br />

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The Advanced Guide to <strong>Guitar</strong> <strong>Chords</strong><br />

Forward<br />

Beyond learning open and barre chords, most guitarists struggle<br />

with advanced chords. Commonly called “jazz” chords, these more<br />

sophisticated voicings find a wide use in all forms of music.<br />

Each volume of The Advanced Guide to <strong>Guitar</strong> <strong>Chords</strong> presents<br />

a highly organized and efficient approach to the mysterious<br />

subject of advanced chords. Chord dictionaries are not the answer.<br />

Even chord theory does not offer any insight into unraveling the<br />

complexity of guitar voicings.<br />

If your goal is to expand your chord vocabulary, The Advanced<br />

Guide to <strong>Guitar</strong> <strong>Chords</strong> is your answer.<br />

Chuck Anderson<br />

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The Advanced Guide to <strong>Guitar</strong> <strong>Chords</strong><br />

Introduction<br />

<strong>Chords</strong> can be categorized into four chord types; Major, Minor,<br />

Diminished and Augmented. Four-part chords can be voiced<br />

across various four string families. This book explores these<br />

chords on string families:<br />

1 2<br />

2 3<br />

3 4<br />

1 2<br />

2 3<br />

3 4<br />

4 5<br />

5 6<br />

3 5<br />

4 6<br />

Chord notation is an inexact science. Some of the more common<br />

chord notations are shown throughout the book.<br />

All chords presented are in standard tuning for six<br />

string guitar:<br />

E A D G B E<br />

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6 5 4 3 2 1<br />

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Chord Diagram Model<br />

Strings<br />

Frets<br />

6 5 4 3 2 1<br />

x x 3 b7 Root 5<br />

* Numeric intervals<br />

based on a major scale<br />

Root of<br />

Chord<br />

Notes of<br />

Chord<br />

Fingering<br />

2 3 1 4<br />

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The Advanced Guide to <strong>Guitar</strong> <strong>Chords</strong><br />

Contents<br />

Forward ........................................................................... 3<br />

Introduction ...................................................................... 5<br />

4-Part Major Chord Types .................................................11<br />

Seventh <strong>Chords</strong> .............................................................12<br />

String Family 1 2 3 4 ....................................................12<br />

Basic Major Chord Types .................................................13<br />

Upper Partial Ninths ....................................................14<br />

Upper Partial Elevenths ................................................16<br />

Upper Partial Thirteenths ...............................................18<br />

Additional Seventh <strong>Chords</strong> ...............................................19<br />

String Family 2 3 4 5 ....................................................19<br />

String Family 3 4 5 6 ....................................................20<br />

String Family 2 3 4 6 ....................................................21<br />

String Family 1 2 3 5 ....................................................22<br />

4-Part Minor Chord Types .................................................23<br />

Minor Seventh <strong>Chords</strong> ....................................................24<br />

String Family 1 2 3 4 ....................................................24<br />

Basic Minor Chord Types .................................................25<br />

Upper Partial Ninths ....................................................26<br />

Upper Partial Elevenths ................................................27<br />

Upper Partial Thirteenths ...............................................28<br />

Additional Minor Seventh <strong>Chords</strong> .......................................29<br />

String Family 2 3 4 5 ....................................................29<br />

String Family 3 4 5 6 ....................................................30<br />

String Family 2 3 4 6 ....................................................31<br />

String Family 1 2 3 5 ....................................................32<br />

4-Part Diminished Chord Types ...........................................33<br />

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Half-Diminished Seventh <strong>Chords</strong> ........................................34<br />

String Family 1 2 3 4 ....................................................34<br />

Basic Diminished Chord Types ...........................................35<br />

Upper Partial Ninths ....................................................36<br />

Upper Partial Elevenths ................................................37<br />

Upper Partial Thirteenths ...............................................38<br />

Additional Diminished Seventh <strong>Chords</strong> .................................39<br />

String Family 1 2 3 4 ....................................................39<br />

String Family 3 4 5 6 ....................................................40<br />

String Family 2 3 4 6 ....................................................41<br />

String Family 1 2 3 5 ....................................................42<br />

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Contents<br />

4-Part Augmented Chord Types ..........................................43<br />

Augmented Seventh <strong>Chords</strong> ..............................................44<br />

String Family 1 2 3 4 ....................................................44<br />

Augmented Chord Types ..................................................45<br />

Upper Partial Ninths ....................................................46<br />

Upper Partial Elevenths ................................................47<br />

Upper Partial Thirteenths ...............................................48<br />

Additional Augmented Seventh <strong>Chords</strong> .................................49<br />

String Family 2 3 4 5 ....................................................49<br />

String Family 3 4 5 6 ....................................................50<br />

String Family 2 3 4 6 ....................................................51<br />

String Family 1 2 3 5 ....................................................52<br />

Altered <strong>Chords</strong> .................................................................53<br />

Lowered Fifth ............................................................53<br />

Raised Fifth ..............................................................54<br />

Lowered Ninth ..........................................................54<br />

Raised Ninth .............................................................54<br />

Raised Eleventh .........................................................55<br />

Lowered Thirteenth .....................................................55<br />

4-Part Triads ..................................................................57<br />

Major .....................................................................58<br />

Minor .....................................................................58<br />

Diminished ...............................................................58<br />

Augmented .............................................................58<br />

sus, add & Slash <strong>Chords</strong> .....................................................59<br />

sus ........................................................................60<br />

add ......................................................................60<br />

slash .....................................................................61<br />

6 String Fingerboard Note Charts ........................................63<br />

6 String - Sharp Notes ..................................................64<br />

6 String - Flat Notes .....................................................65<br />

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MAJOR CHORD TYPES<br />

4-Part Major<br />

Chord Types<br />

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Seventh <strong>Chords</strong><br />

6 5 4 3 2 1<br />

1234<br />

7 th<br />

x x 3 b7 Root 5<br />

*2 3 1 4<br />

x<br />

= Root of chord<br />

= Avoid or Mute<br />

x x 5 Root 3 b7<br />

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1 1 1 2<br />

x x b7 3 5 Root<br />

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1 2 1 1<br />

x x Root 5 b7 3<br />

* All fingerings are recommended<br />

but not mandatory.<br />

1 3 2 4<br />

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Major Chord Types<br />

Basic Major Chord Types<br />

7<br />

Learn the four seventh chord forms on page 12.<br />

Notation*: 7, dom7<br />

maj7<br />

A major seventh chord is created by raising the seventh of a<br />

seventh chord one fret.<br />

Notation: maj7, MAJ7, MA7, ∆7<br />

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2 4 1 3 1 1 1 3 2 3 1 1<br />

1 3 3 3<br />

All examples shown on string family 4 3 2 1<br />

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A sixth chord is created by lowering the seventh of a seventh<br />

chord one fret.<br />

Notation: 6, maj6, MAJ6, MA6, ∆6<br />

2 3 1 4 1 1 1 1 4 1 2 3<br />

1 3 1 4<br />

* A root note is presumed to be in front of each notation.<br />

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Major Chord Types<br />

Upper Partial Ninths<br />

9<br />

A ninth chord is created by raising the root of a seventh chord<br />

two frets or lowering the third of a seventh chord two frets.<br />

Notation: 9, 7 (9)<br />

1 2 2 2 1 3 1 2 1 2 1 3<br />

2 3 1 4<br />

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1 3 2 4 2 3 1 4 2 1 3 4<br />

1 2 3 1<br />

maj9<br />

A major ninth chord is created by raising the root of a major<br />

seventh chord two frets or lowering the third of a major seventh<br />

chord two frets.<br />

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Notation: maj9, maj7 (9) , MAJ9, MAJ7 (9) , MA9, MA7 (9) , ∆9, ∆7 (9)<br />

1 4 2 3 1 3 1 4 2 3 1 4<br />

1 1 1 1<br />

1 4 2 3 2 3 1 4 4 1 2 3<br />

1 3 4 1<br />

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Major Chord Types<br />

Upper Partial Ninths<br />

6<br />

9<br />

A six nine chord is created by raising the root of a sixth chord<br />

two frets or lowering the third of a sixth chord two frets.<br />

Notation: 6/9, 6 (9) ,<br />

6<br />

9<br />

1 1 2 3 1 3 1 1 1 3 2 4<br />

2 3 1 4<br />

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1 3 2 4 2 3 1 4 1 2 3 4<br />

1 3 1 1<br />

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Major Chord Types<br />

Upper Partial Elevenths<br />

11<br />

An eleventh chord is created by raising the third of a seventh<br />

chord one fret or lowering the fifth of a seventh chord two frets.<br />

Notation: 11, 7 (11)<br />

9 9 9 9<br />

2 3 1 4 1 1 2 3 1 3 1 1<br />

1 3 2 4<br />

An optional ninth can be added by raising the root two frets or<br />

lowering the third two frets.<br />

maj11<br />

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A major eleventh chord is created by raising the third of a major<br />

seventh chord one fret or lowering the fifth of a major seventh<br />

chord chord two frets.<br />

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Notation: maj11, maj7 (11) , MAJ11, MAJ7 (11) , MA11, MA7 (11) , ∆11,<br />

∆7 (11)<br />

9 9 9 9<br />

2 3 1 4 1 1 2 3 1 3 1 1<br />

1 3 2 4<br />

An optional ninth can be added by raising the root two frets or<br />

lowering the third two frets.<br />

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Upper Partial Elevenths<br />

6<br />

11<br />

A six eleven chord is created by raising the third of a sixth<br />

chord one fret or lowering the fifth of a sixth chord two frets.<br />

Notation: 6(11), 6 11<br />

9 9<br />

3 2 1 4 1 1 2 1 1 4 2 3<br />

1 3 1 4<br />

An optional ninth can be added by raising the root two frets or<br />

lowering the third two frets.<br />

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Upper Partial Thirteenths<br />

13<br />

A thirteenth chord is created by raising the fifth of a seventh<br />

chord two frets.<br />

Notation: 13, 7 (13)<br />

11<br />

9 9 11 9 9<br />

2 3 1 4 3 1 1 2 1 2 3 1<br />

1 4 2 3<br />

An optional ninth can be added by raising the root two frets or<br />

lowering the third two frets. An optional eleventh can be added<br />

by raising the third one fret.<br />

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maj13<br />

A major thirteenth chord is created by raising the fifth of a<br />

major seventh chord two frets.<br />

Notation: maj13, maj7 (13) , MAJ13, MAJ7 (13) , MA13, MA7 (13) , ∆13,<br />

∆7 (13)<br />

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9 11 9 9<br />

11<br />

2 3 1 4 3 1 1 4 2 3 4 1<br />

1 4 2 3<br />

An optional ninth can be added by raising the root two frets or<br />

lowering the third two frets. An optional eleventh can be added<br />

by raising the third one fret.<br />

✴ ✴ ✴<br />

This completes the basic Major chord types. Repeat the process<br />

with the remaining string families.<br />

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Seventh <strong>Chords</strong><br />

x Root 5 b7 3 x<br />

1 3 1 4<br />

6 5 4 3 2 1<br />

2345<br />

7 th<br />

x 3 b7 Root 5 x<br />

x<br />

= Root of chord<br />

= Avoid or Mute<br />

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2 3 1 4<br />

x 5 Root 3 b7 x<br />

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2 3 1 4<br />

x b7 3 5 Root x<br />

2 4 1 3<br />

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Seventh <strong>Chords</strong><br />

x<br />

6 5 4 3 2 1<br />

3456<br />

7 th<br />

= Root of chord<br />

= Avoid or Mute<br />

Root 5 b7 3 x x<br />

2 3 1 4<br />

b7 3 5 Root x x<br />

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2 3 1 1<br />

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3 b7 Root 5 x x<br />

2 4 1 3<br />

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Seventh <strong>Chords</strong><br />

5 x 3 b7 Root x<br />

3 2 4 1<br />

6 5 4 3 2 1<br />

2346<br />

7 th<br />

b7 x 5 Root 3 x<br />

x<br />

= Root of chord<br />

= Avoid or Mute<br />

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2 1 1 1<br />

Root x b7 3 5 x<br />

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3 x Root 5 b7 x<br />

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Seventh <strong>Chords</strong><br />

6 5 4 3 2 1<br />

1235<br />

7 th<br />

x Root x b7 3 5<br />

1 2 4 3<br />

x<br />

= Root of chord<br />

= Avoid or Mute<br />

x 3 x Root 5 b7<br />

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3 1 4 2<br />

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x b7 x 5 Root 3<br />

2 1 3 1<br />

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