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Guitar for Songwriters by Leo Cavanagh

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9More Chord Formulas

AS A SONGWRITER, you don’t need to know the names of chords or understand the theory behind them as long as they sound good. But this chapter may give you some ideas, some new sounds. It may also help when you’re trying to communicate with other musicians.

About Chord Formulas

This chapter will give you the knowledge to find dozens of chords in many places on the neck of the guitar, but an important element is missing. That element, touched upon briefly in the preceding chapter, is good voice leading. Chords don’t exist in a vacuum. You must learn how to connect them smoothly and logically. Any time you learn a new chord, you should give it a context. Find other chords that might go with it, in the harmonized scale or from ...

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