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Chord Clinic

High position chords can create some intriguing textures when mixed with open strings. ROD FOGG aims high…

This month’s Chord Clinic expands on the theme that we’ve been following over the last few instalments, namely the effect of mixing fretted notes and open strings in chord voicings. This month’s examples are almost all above the 12th fret, so you’ll need a guitar with a deep cutaway – we’re thinking more electric than acoustic in this session.

Figure 1 kicks off with some high position Bsus4 chords, and a bassline outlining the classic I-V-VI-IV progression so frequently used in pop music. It sounds good strummed with a clean tone and plenty of down strokes, eight to a bar. Watch that you don’t hit the low E string when you are strumming that first chord, but muting the A string should happen naturally with the underside of the finger in the other three chords. The final chord is a bit of a stretch but it’s not too hard unless you are used to dangling the guitar somewhere down around your knees.

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The August 2017 edition of the UK’s most affordable and most in-depth guitar magazine is on sale now! You might notice a slightly different name on the cover this month, but inside you’ll find your regular monthly fix of the best gear reviews in the business, DIY tutorials, tone and playing tips, artist interviews, breathtaking photography of vintage instruments and whole lot more besides. This month there’s a feast for Fender offset fans as we offer pro set-up tips, show you how to upgrade your Jaguar or Jazzmaster and find out if Fender’s new American Professional series has finally delivered offsets for the masses. Elsewhere, we interview Joe Bonamassa, Darrel Higham, Joanne Shaw Taylor and Paul Gilbert, pay a visit to Norman’s Rare Guitars in Los Angeles, delve into the snake-oil surrounding tonewoods and give you the chance to win a Shergold electric worth a whopping £835.