Watch the The Bossa online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Blues Architect

Understanding chord construction can also help you come up with chord voicings on your own, without hauling out the ol' Chord Encyclopedia. You can take a voicing you already know and add in, say, a new note on top to create a common tone with the following chord if you know which notes it's safe to remove and which ones will sound good when added in.

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