Here, we’ll build on Triads in Every Position.

fretboard C-E-G
Thinking about the notes you’re playing and being able to form these chords on the fly is a lot more useful than memorizing chord charts.

Find all the following chords, in all the positions. Again, you may not need to play every string. See how many ways you can play them on subsets of the 6 strings.

Spend some time with them in each position. Get to know your notes, and how to morph one chord into another by adding or moving one note on the fretboard. You should not need to map these out on fretboard diagrams because by now you should be seeing these notes on the fretboard without a lot of preplanning.

Chords
Major 7 Chord               1 - 3 - 5 - 7          ( Start with a Major Triad and add a 7th )
[Dominant] 7 Chord          1 - 3 - 5 - b7         ( now flatten the 7th )
minor 7 Chord               1 - b3 - 5 - b7        ( now flatten the 3rd )
[Dominant] 7 Sus 4 Chord    1 - 4 - 5 - b7         ( now sharpen the 3rd )

Major 7 add 9 Chord         1 - 3 - 5 - 7 - 9      ( Start with a Major 7 chord and add a 9th )
Major 7 add 11 Chord        1 - 3 - 5 - 7 - 11     ( an 11th )
Major 7 add 13 Chord        1 - 3 - 5 - 7 - 13     ( a 13th )

Dominant 7 add 9 Chord      1 - 3 - 5 - b7 - 9     ( Start with a Dom 7 chord and add a 9th )
Dominant 7 add 11 Chord     1 - 3 - 5 - b7 - 11    ( an 11th )
Dominant 7 add 13 Chord     1 - 3 - 5 - b7 - 13    ( a 13th )

minor 7 add 9 Chord         1 - -b3 - 5 - b7 - 9   ( Start with a minor 7th and add a 9th )
minor 7 add 11 Chord        1 - -b3 - 5 - b7 - 11  ( an 11th )
minor 7 add 13 Chord        1 - -b3 - 5 - b7 - 13  ( a 13th )

After you work them out for one root note, say C, then move the forms around for roots of G, D, A, E, etc. The forms move just like the movable bar chords.

Try to use some of these chords, or some of these changes in a song or riff.

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