In this video guitar lesson I’ll be showing you some interesting sounding chords in an interesting time signature. 7/8 time. I often refer to guitar chords like this as “the cool chords”. They make use of open strings to create some unique chord sounds.
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The Cool Chords
While the guitar chords below have some more complicated names, they are really just fancy ways to play a Bm, G, A and D chord. The “cool” way of playing those chords. All 4 of these chords have the same top 3 notes. All that changes are the bass notes.
Cool Chords in 7/8 Time Tablature
Here is the guitar tablature for this progressive rock chord progression. The picking is indicated above.
Understanding 7/8 Time
The easiest way to think of time signatures is that the top number represents the number of beats in a measure, and the bottom number equals which rhythm gets 1 beat. So a simple way to think of 7/8 time is that there are 7 beats in a measure and the 8th note gets one beat.
There is a little more to it than that, but I can’t go into a more in depth explanation of compound odd time signatures here. In the tablature you will see that the 8th notes are grouped into 2 groups of 2 and a group of 3.
One common way to get a handle on 7/8 time is to count the different groupings of 2’s and 3’s. So you might count this example 1 2 1 2 1 2 3. And each time you say 1 is where you are also going to accent.
Guitar Lesson Downloads
Below is a PDF with the chord charts and tablature for this guitar lesson. There is also an MP3 jam track you can download as well.
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