E on the Move
Unique Sounding Guitar Chords
By Shawn Bradshaw
Rather that a completely new chord shape, the following chords
are all based on a basic open position E. A lot of times you can
get some interesting chord sounds by taking one chord shape with
some open strings, and moving it up and down the neck. The
open strings will have a different relationship to the notes that
you are fretting, depending on what fret you are on.
Note that the idea of shape and sound are 2 different animals. You are using the E chord shape for all of these chords, but these do not sound like an E chord other than at the 1st fret and the 13 fret (1
You really do not need to know the names or theory behind the
chords to make use of them. Use your ear, move the E chord shape
to the different frets indicated.
Anything that you see other that a letter (ex add 9, maj7,
add #11) is because of how the open first string (E) and open
second string (B) relate to the basic E major chord shape.
When you are playing these chords, the bass note for all of
them is an E (the open 6th string). This is why you see a (/E)
after every chord symbol. Cmaj7/E for instance is pronounced
(C major 7 slash E) or (C major 7 with an E in the bass). The
last one is a mouth full to try and say fast so the "slash"
term is often used to try and shorten how the chord is said