Watch the Changing Voicings online guitar lesson by Vicki Genfan from Acoustic Rhythm Survival Guide

Whether you're playing as a solo performer, or with a band, you may want to play with voicings that bring you up higher on the neck and feature higher notes. Take notice that if you're playing as a solo guitarist/singer-songwriter, or if you're the only instrument accompanying a vocalist, you want to be conscious about whether or not to play the root in your voicings.

As the lone instrument, you may use this as a nice effect, but be careful about playing an entire song without bass notes, as this might make it hard for the listener to identify the key or get the full impact of your song as well as it could make it harder for the vocalist to sing along with you.

You have a lot more freedom when you're playing with another instrumentalist who can cover bass notes for you.

NOTE about 'moveable' chords: Whenever you play a chord that uses NO open strings, this chord can be moved anywhere on the fret board! (It will change its name, but not its chord function – major, minor, etc.)

The examples of Color Tones that I've given you on this video segment are ones that were easy for me to 'reach' while I kept the chord intact.

Feel free to explore any other notes that you can reach! OR you may find notes you want to add (colors) that require you to let go of some notes you're already playing.

Remember – your ear is the only judge here. Be sure that when you find something you like you have a way to write it down and/or record it!!

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