Cool Chords

It has occurred to me that I really haven’t expounded on much directly concerning guitar playing. Let me remedy that right now. Every guitarist is looking for cool chords… they may be brand new or oldies-but-goodies… they may be simple or excruciatingly complex… but they are cool. Here’s a couple to chew on that have very similar fingerings. Key into what the B note adds to the voicings when you strum the second string open. If you’re really good you can find songs that use one or the other of these chords.

        o o                  o o
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| | | | | |          1 | | | | |  
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1 | | | | |          | | | 2 | | 
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| | | 2 | |          | 3 4 | | | 
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| 3 4 | | |          | | | | | | 
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 F#7(add4)           Fmaj7(add-5)

Ok, doing chords in ASCII can be quite a challenge. Let me ask a general question. Is it better to notate a chord as I did above… or like this, F#7add4 [2 4 4 3 0 0]? This second way is shorter and much easier to spit out… but it is not a good visual representation and lacks the suggested finger usage.

Speaking of ASCII chords there’s a huge repository of them over at

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  1. Acoustic Steve
    Posted January 5, 2006 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    Good job on the chord diagram. I understand either way but the diagram does lead to a quicker understanding. The diagram also helps when using the shape to create other chords by moving chromatically.

    Nice blog Stevo, I miss you guys. I still cannot hear well enough to play with a band. Its very depressing.

  2. Posted January 6, 2006 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    The acoustic Steve has arrived! :-) Good to have you here.

    Yeah, I can only imagine what it’s like to be a musician who has to standby while others play. Frustrating!

    It’s settled then… the chord diagrams it is!

  3. Scott
    Posted December 21, 2007 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    The diagrams the way to go (because of the finger positioning) but also cause this is the 21st century man! If you can’t show me chords written out in the best way possible I’m just gonna go to a site that can! Survival of the…. well i dunno… Keep on rockin in the free world!

  4. Posted October 9, 2014 at 3:21 am | Permalink

    I’ve had my guitar for years and every year I fall more and more in love with it.

  5. Posted November 4, 2014 at 6:34 am | Permalink

    This is so simple and so catchy. I like it a lot. I enjoy these simple tunes that just catch your attention instantly.

  6. Posted January 26, 2015 at 4:52 am | Permalink

    I just started playing the guitar so this post came in very handy to me. I really like the sound. I hope you’ll give us more suggestions.

  7. Posted August 21, 2015 at 5:49 am | Permalink

    thank u for sharing steve

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