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Yak
Posted 2006-12-14 6:38 PM (#226559)
Subject: Whats your least favorite chord..


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Whats your least favorite chord to play? You know, the ones that just don't feel like a human should be doing.

Im really new to guitar so I dont have a vast chordal knowledgebase. But that silly Bb Barre just aint right!
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cliff
Posted 2006-12-14 6:48 PM (#226560 - in reply to #226559)
Subject: Re: Whats your least favorite chord..


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I always have an aversion to Eb.
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Dan R.
Posted 2006-12-14 6:48 PM (#226561 - in reply to #226559)
Subject: Re: Whats your least favorite chord..


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B and Bb or for that matter,any bar chord on a 12 string.
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Brian T
Posted 2006-12-14 6:51 PM (#226562 - in reply to #226559)
Subject: Re: Whats your least favorite chord..


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Something about G7 just rubs me the wrong way.
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Tim in Yucaipa
Posted 2006-12-14 6:52 PM (#226563 - in reply to #226559)
Subject: Re: Whats your least favorite chord..


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..umbilical...
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CrimsonLake
Posted 2006-12-14 6:54 PM (#226564 - in reply to #226559)
Subject: Re: Whats your least favorite chord..


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I've gotten really good at capoing and transcribing anything with a Bb or Eb.
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Yak
Posted 2006-12-14 6:57 PM (#226565 - in reply to #226559)
Subject: Re: Whats your least favorite chord..


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Originally posted by Brian T:
Something about G7 just rubs me the wrong way.
I agree.. Lousy feeling and lousy sounding.
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ProfessorBB
Posted 2006-12-14 7:06 PM (#226566 - in reply to #226559)
Subject: Re: Whats your least favorite chord..



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I absolutely agree on B♭ and B, so I almost always play them as barre chords unless I don't want or need the F or F♯ notes (quite rare), in which event they become simple one-finger chords. I started playing D with only two fingers very early on, so a four-fingered E♭ on five strings eventually came relatively easy, although probably not technically the right or preferred method. I'm looking forward to reading other comments on this thread.
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gh1
Posted 2006-12-14 7:07 PM (#226567 - in reply to #226559)
Subject: Re: Whats your least favorite chord..


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A certain voicing of a m7 where the root is on the 6th sting, the third is on the 3rd string, the fifth is on the 2nd string and the seventh is on the 1st string.

Not impossible to fret but darn hard to hit clean on tempo, for me at least.

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gh1
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fillhixx
Posted 2006-12-14 7:29 PM (#226568 - in reply to #226559)
Subject: Re: Whats your least favorite chord..



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My favourite would be a 1937 Cord Convertable.


But all chords have their time and place.
G7? Just let it hang a bit before you resolve to a C and you'll like it a whole lot more.

Bb? Most flat keys suck to play on guitar...with the possible exception of Eb, the non-singers key. (everyone can sing in Eb! You sing flat naturally? You're halfway there!)

Aug6th's, those I have a spot of bother with. Fortunately, they don't come up much.
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TRboy
Posted 2006-12-14 8:09 PM (#226569 - in reply to #226559)
Subject: Re: Whats your least favorite chord..



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I have trouble making a Bm7-5 clean and with speed 'cause of my fat fingers.....

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xoxoxx
xxoxox
xxxxxx


.....Hey Paul,(moody p.i.) Which of your three chords is your least favorite? ;)
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Jeff W.
Posted 2006-12-14 8:32 PM (#226570 - in reply to #226559)
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Dis
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an4340
Posted 2006-12-14 8:39 PM (#226571 - in reply to #226559)
Subject: Re: Whats your least favorite chord..


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one of those crazy delightful sounding brazilian things
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Jeff W.
Posted 2006-12-14 8:46 PM (#226572 - in reply to #226559)
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...like me trying to make a three finger first position "A"
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Capo Guy
Posted 2006-12-14 8:59 PM (#226573 - in reply to #226559)
Subject: Re: Whats your least favorite chord..



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Bb and Eb

I tune down to D a use a capo.

So Eb becomes E with capo on the 1st fret.

I have a key transposing program so I can transcribe the chords to any key I want.

Anything played in the key of F, (which will usually include the dreaded Bb) can be played in G by removing the capo.

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alpep
Posted 2006-12-14 9:08 PM (#226574 - in reply to #226559)
Subject: Re: Whats your least favorite chord..


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minor 7 flat 5
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Omaha
Posted 2006-12-14 9:16 PM (#226575 - in reply to #226559)
Subject: Re: Whats your least favorite chord..


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Thanks to a well broken finger back in high school, I really can't make the "A" shape bar chords like these:

E A D G B e
2 2 x x x 2
x x 4 4 4 x

Depending on how the voicing works, I usually just let the high e string get muffled. Or sometimes I'll play a fakey version like this:

E A D G B e
0 0 x x x 0
x x 4 4 4 x

If the song is in E Major, then that actually works pretty well most of the time.

Eb is not a problem once you get used to barring the "C" chord shape. But if a song has an Eb in it, it is probably flat happy all the way through, which usually means five minutes of absolutely uninterrupted barre chords, and my hand always cramps up.

But to answer the question, my least favorite chord is the wrong one.
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TRboy
Posted 2006-12-14 9:22 PM (#226576 - in reply to #226559)
Subject: Re: Whats your least favorite chord..



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Originally posted by Jeff W.:
...like me trying to make a three finger first position "A"
....'Zxactly! Even playing my Folklore it gets cramped trying to get All my fat fingers stuffed together and then try and make each note play cleanly!
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Jeff W.
Posted 2006-12-14 9:30 PM (#226577 - in reply to #226559)
Subject: Re: Whats your least favorite chord..


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then try a clean 5th fret A7 (add most anything)...Oy!!

EDIT: "clean 5th fret Am" To: "A7"

5xxxxx
xxx6xx
x7xxxx
xxxx8x
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Old Tele man
Posted 2006-12-14 9:49 PM (#226578 - in reply to #226559)
Subject: Re: Whats your least favorite chord..


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Originally posted by Jeff W.:
Dis
...ah, the "famous" DIS-CHORD!
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pzavislak
Posted 2006-12-14 9:51 PM (#226579 - in reply to #226559)
Subject: Re: Whats your least favorite chord..


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I can't make any A-shape with a barre. That's my least favorite chord, and there's a lot of them... :(
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BruDeV
Posted 2006-12-14 9:56 PM (#226580 - in reply to #226559)
Subject: Re: Whats your least favorite chord..


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Minor-Major 9th. x,7,5,8,7,7
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gh1
Posted 2006-12-14 10:01 PM (#226581 - in reply to #226559)
Subject: Re: Whats your least favorite chord..


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For you folks with the three finger A chord problem -- assuming you are trying to i,m,a on strings 4,3,2 -- try m,i,a instead. May help

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gh1
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ignimbyte
Posted 2006-12-14 10:03 PM (#226582 - in reply to #226559)
Subject: Re: Whats your least favorite chord..


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Mainly I have trouble with Eb, B and Bb. I can't even do barre chords where the ring finger press strings 2-4 simultaneously.
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Jeff W.
Posted 2006-12-14 10:03 PM (#226583 - in reply to #226559)
Subject: Re: Whats your least favorite chord..


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I have to advocate some wisdom here, however reluctantly, imparted to me by my friend, Schroeder:

"If three strings make a chord, Why do you strum six?

...the implication of this philosophy leads to jazz
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