Watch the Breakdown 2 online guitar lesson by John Stowell from Modern Chord Melody

I Wish Breakdown 2
To analyze my chords and chord melodies, and ultimately create your own interesting chord vocabulary, it's critical to understand the formula for each of the chord qualities (major, dominant, minor, half diminished and diminished). The basic sound and foundation of the harmony is always the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th notes of the scale (the arpeggio); the extensions are built upon that basic sound. As we locate and visualize the basic chord shapes and progressively more complex harmonies, we become more skilled in the execution of the mechanics, and more importantly, we begin to internalize the sounds. Ultimately we will see the memorized shapes of familiar chords on the neck, and have the ability to visualize the additional notes that we can add to any chord. This knowledge is essential.