The reason why I've made this thread in the Music Talk section and not in the beginners lounge is because there is an element of discussion of musical ideas here and I'm hoping that people read and share their own ideas here. I request you not to shift this thread for some time at least. In this thread, I'm trying to get people to share some chordal ideas that they've picked up from different songs. I'd appreciate it if the references were given my way. My section basically comprises of unconventional open chords. The first concept that I wan't to discuss is that of dissonance. You know how sometimes we hear a John McLaughlin play and we think to ourselves "What chords!". I know I did when he came to Calcutta. One common way of making the listener sit up and listen is creating dissonance in your chords. You create dissonance by playing two notes close to each other in the same octave. This automatically builds up tension which can then be resolved to beautiful effect. One way of creating dissonance is using open strings to good effect. That way you don't have to stretch fingers a whole lot like you would otherwise have to in order to play 2 notes close together on different strings. This lesson is going to be more of a list of unconventional open chords derived from the standard shapes. I'll give you a few chords, the references to songs they've been used in (or how I came accross them) and a general idea as to how they can be used. __________________________________________________________ The most popular chord I can think of right now is the aadat chord [xx6640] which is a C#madd9. Alternately, you can just think of it as a C#sus chord with an open string. The Eb and E note together have a nice ring together. Now for examples from songs- I took this idea one step further and merged ideas from both versions of this song. I use the add9th chord for each one of them and play the first two strings open to get some unconventional chords which sound really pretty. Using this concept for the chords C#m, A and B, I get these shapes Aadd9 -0---- -0---- -6---- -9---- -7---- -5---- Same chord but a slightly different tonality (did I use this term correctly?). This is a difficult chord to hold and a great stretching excercise. C#m9 -0---- -0---- -8---- -6---- -4---- -x---- I'm not sure but I think this was used in some Jal song (Bikhra Hun?). Badd9 -0---- -0---- -8---- -11--- -9---- -7---- Just sliding the Aadd9 shape two frets down. I've heard from some people that Himesh uses a lot of C#m in his songs. You might try substituting those chords with these and see what sort of effect you get. You can replace most major/minor chords with these kind of derivations. Using the same idea (Dragging the C major shape up and down the fret board), I found a lovely chord shape where you can drag the chord down to the 10th fret. Gadd6 -0--- -8--- -0--- -9--- -10-- ----- Another chord that works in the key of C major but I have, so far, been unable to use properly is when you drag the shape down to the 8th fret making it an Fmaj9. Fmaj9 -0--- -6--- -0--- -7--- -8--- ----- You'll notice that while the names of these chords are a little intimidating, most of these shapes are really easy to hold and stem from very simple ideas. They also make people sit up and take notice when you're playing because it's a change from the usual. I think you get the basic idea and a crapload of open chord shapes that you can use. You just have to know when to use them....too much pretty isn't really pretty. I'd appreciate more contributions in this thread.