Watch the Chord Voicings For Rhythm online guitar lesson by David Grissom from Open Road Guitar
One of the unique things about my playing is my approach to rhythm guitar. Early on with Joe Ely I got away from the traditional big six string barre chords as I was using a Marshall amp with a lot of harmonic content and the 3rd of the chords were often sounding out of tune and not sounding as big as I wanted. So at this point in my career I almost never play a barre chord, I know that it's sacrilegious to some people. My approach is to leave out the 3rd of the chord and emphasize the 1 and the 5. I find that it gives a soloist a much larger pallet to work with, also leaving out the third, the chord can function as a dominant 7#9 chord, you know the Hendrix chord which has a major and minor 3rd in it. A lot of this is inspired by Pete Townshend and Malcolm Young, leaving out as many notes of the chord that I possibly can always sounds bigger to me, especially with the tone I like to use. Please take a look at the voicings I show you in the video as they are the ones I use all the time. Now of course there are times when you need to play the thirds of the chords, this is not a hard and fast rule. But it is something that I use in the majority of my playing and is a real signature of my sound. Take some time and investigate these voicings and see what you think and how you can incorporate them into your own playing.