Learn 5 guitar chords that evoke the golden age of Hollywood

Tal Farlow
To achieve even more intricate lines, Tal Farlow would occasionally fret extra notes with his picking hand (Image credit: David Redfern/Redferns)

The term ‘soundtrack’ in our strapline doesn’t refer to music theory; it’s just a broad description of the type of chord we’re looking at in this feature. 

These chords evoke the soundtracks from the ‘golden age’ of Hollywood, even though this type of music was usually an orchestral arrangement, rather than solo guitar. It’s an interesting challenge to see how harmonically detailed we can get with just six strings and even fewer fingers 

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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.