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CHORD CLINIC

This month we find out that 11th chords can be major, minor or sharp. Rod Fogg is careful with that axe…

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CHORD CLINIC

Last month we took a look at 11th chords – or to give them their full name, dominant 11th chords. We can also have minor 11th and major 11th chords, and perhaps disturbingly, the 11th can appear a fret higher than normal to become a sharp 11.

Figure 1 gets started with a Dm11 chord, which in theory should have D, F and A as the minor triad, and then C, E and G as the seventh, ninth and 11th. That makes six notes in all, which is going to be pretty unwieldy on a six string guitar, so we tend to leave out the fifth as it doesn’t contribute much to the sound of the chord. Notice that we need to keep the third in the chord unlike last month’s dominant 11ths which left it out.

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The June 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine is on sale now! Inside we celebrate 135 years of Gretsch, check out a pair of the company’s sparkling new Anniversary models and trace the history of some of the most famous and affordable guitars ever to deliver ‘That Great Gretsch Tone’. We also find out how Jonathan Wilson became a go-to guitarist and producer for artists as diverse as Roger Waters and Father John Misty and get a close look at his killer live rig. Elsewhere, we get to grips with a breathtaking original Olympic White 1963 Stratocaster, rundown the world’s most popular fuzz pedals in our buyer’s guide and review a host of new gear from the likes of Universal Audio, Maybach, Eastman, Fender, Rift Amps, Way Huge and more. In this jam-packed special edition of the mag we also go behind the scenes with Crimson Guitars, interview the legendary Bill Wyman about the home-made bass that powered early Rolling Stones hits, give a mystery vintage Fender amp a makeover, go into the studio with up-and-coming UK roots duo Ida Mae, salute the genius of former Gibson president Ted McCarty… and give you the chance to win a road-ready Fender Hot Rod Deluxe IV combo worth £849. Phew! Get your copy of the June 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine now.