Also notice that in some of the charts you will have the 1st finger indicated on 2 different frets like so:
In a case like this the note on the 2nd string is played with the tip of the 1st finger
while the note on the 1st string is played with the side of the 2nd or 3rd joint of the same finger.
This technique takes a little practice but is not too difficult once you get into it.
Some chord symbols may be confusing,but a few words about them should clear things up.
1)A slash through a number means major type.
Example:9 = major 9th;7 = major 7th, etc.
2)The symbol that looks like plus sign (+) always means that the 5th of a chord is shaped(in this book), unless it is written like so (+11).
This means the 11th is sharped; the word
augmented is sometimes used instead of sharped.
However,there is a chord that is called the augmented chord, as you will see in the formulas on page11.
There is one problem with this sign (+) and word (augmented).
Some musicians have shosen to refer to the 7th chord with a sharped 9th as the augmented 9th chord, and they write it like this 7+9.
In this case the + sign replaaces the # sign.
You will not see this type of thing in this book, but you may run across it in other books, music, tec., so be aware of it.
Also the word suspended in this book will mean that the 3rd in a chord has been replaced with a 4th.
In other books, it may be used instead of the word add.
For instance, C sus. 9 could be C add 9.
In any case, it is abbreviated sus.
There are certain slang used to refer to chords which should be understood.
1)The DOMINANT 7th chord is usually just called the "7th" chord.
2)The DIMINISHED 7th chord is usually just called the "diminished" chord.
3)The MAJOR 6th and MAJOR 6/9 chords are usually just called the "6" and "6/9" chords.
4)The MAJOR and 9th chord is usually just called the "add 9" chord.
The word "TYPE" of chord will refer to a whole category, or a good portion of it.
A C major TYPE means C6, C7, C9, C6/9, etc.
A Cm TYPE means Cm6, Cm7, Cm7, Cm7/11, Cm7♭5, ect.
However, a Cm7 TYPE would refer only to chords that are derived from the m7.
Some Cm7 types are Cm7, Cm7/11, Cm9, Cm11, Cm7♭5, Cm9♭5 and Cm13.
5)The terms chord PROGRESSION or CHANGE refers to any series of chords.