Jazz Guitar Corner: Unorthodox 4th Chords for Jazz Guitar

(Image credit: Cindy Moorhead)

When learning how to play jazz guitar chords, one of the first voicings many of us explore are three- and four-note 4th chords.

Built by stacking 4th intervals, these chords have a modern, “open” sound that has been a favorite of players such as Lenny Breau, Mike Stern and Kurt Rosenwinkel, helping to define their chordal approach to jazz comping and chord soloing.

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Matt Warnock is the owner of mattwarnockguitar.com, a free website that provides hundreds of lessons and resources designed to help guitarists of all experience levels meet their practice and performance goals. Matt lives in the UK, where he teaches Skype guitar students all over the world, and is an examiner for the London College of Music (Registry of Guitar Tutors).