How to journey across the fretboard using wide-interval chords

Steve Howe
Steve Howe, pictued here in 2017, often uses non-linear chords with wide intervals (Image credit: Scott Legato/Getty Images)

When we look at how chords are constructed, there’s a tendency to stick to the linear patterns suggested by the conventional Root, 3rd, 5th/Root, 3rd, 5th, 7th and so on. 

This can sometimes be tricky for us on the guitar, where things do not always fall into place as easily as on the piano keyboard – or indeed paper! 

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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.