Today’s lesson on guitar chord embellishments is a great one for beginner guitar players, but also you guys who are a bit more advanced and are still looking for a few ways to spice up some of your chords.
The guitar chords I chose are in the key of G, and basically all we’re doing here is moving around the notes in the chord, rather than adding or subtracting new ones. What I mean by that is you still end up with a G major chord, its just that the three notes (G B D) that make up that guitar chord are being re-arranged onto different strings.
This puts the emphasis on different parts of the chord – for instance maybe now instead of having a G B D G B G (starting with the 6th string) you’ve now got G B D G D G, which puts more weight on the D than on the B. Note that you’re not actually changing the names of the notes that are present in the chord though.
As such, you end up with a different sound by using these different fingerings and guitar chord embellishments. Fun stuff.
If you’re interested in learning more about embellishments, you’d probably really enjoy my Rhythm Player’s Toolbox course – in there, you’ll discover how to turn normal everyday chords into a goldmine of musical inspiration!
If there are other guitar chord embellishments you like using, share them in the comments below!