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Watch the Chord Vocabulary online guitar lesson by Rich Maloof from Guitar 201: Breakthroughs

There are many, many ways to play or “voice” every chord. Voicing simply means how the notes in the chord are arranged. For example, a C major chord is made up of the notes C, E and G. Different voicings for a C chord can be explored by changing the order of the notes from top to bottom (for example, C G E), by changing how many of each note are included (C E G E E), and changing octaves.

For the next section we’ll be looking at some of the voicings for the following chord types:


Minor (min)

Dominant 7 (dom7 or 7)

Minor 7 (min7)

Major 7 (maj7)