6 simple but super-effective ways to make easy chords sound great

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Using alternative voicings adds color and variety to your chords by reshuffling the order of notes. 

Though there are essentially just five different categories of chord shape (C-A-G-E-D), there are almost infinite possibilities in how to arrange the notes. Starting with the classical convention, the order of root, 3rd, and 5th can be ‘shuffled’ to create inversions. 

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Richard Barrett

As well as a longtime contributor to Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, Richard is Tony Hadley’s longstanding guitarist, and has worked with everyone from Roger Daltrey to Ronan Keating.