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We’re always trying to find interesting new chord sounds, but the subtleties of complex chords can be lost in full band arrangements. 

This is a problem if you’re playing with other instruments occupying the same frequency range as the electric guitar: tenor sax, Hammond organ or another guitar. In these situations, subtle chords will get lost, so you have to pare them down to the essential notes.

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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.