Franky the Genius

Author of the "Frank Gaskin Method of Guitar Mastery", and the Spanish version "El Método...

Lesson 4 - Developing Patterns for Chords

Here is where we delve much deeper into how to form chords from the C scale that we've learned. We learn 8 varieties of the C chord and place them into a numerical pattern that helps us to pick and choose the variation of the C major chord that we need to form chord-melodies. It is VERY important to be able to organize this concept into easily recognizable patterns that help us to have automatcally the exact chord that we need to play what is needed for any particular song.  I organize everything in this way to have a ready to go system of choosing chords instead of doing things haphazardly the way so many guitarists do. This is the fundamental reason why they simply CANNOT play any kind of chord-melodies, because it is a rather complex subject and needs to be organized and clear in order to access this information. It's a way of making order out of chaos, and it helps us go very far in playing this intrument and having a true mastery of the guitar.   It is a science and we need to treat it as such. So let's get going on this and reap the benefits of this approach. 

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Names of Chords

Hey, Frank.

I love your lessons. I'll be going through this lesson a few times in order to grasp it all.

I have one question. Do these 8 chords have specific names or are they all designated as C chords?



RE: Names of Chords

Some of the chords that Franky has shown us here in this video do have names. For example,

#1 and #8 are simply called Cmaj;

#3, #5, and #7 are Cmaj7; and

#2 is Cmaj9.

I haven't come across names for #4 and #6, yet.


But what really matters here is understanding how each chord highlights a particular note in the scale of C, while accomodating the basic notes of the major scale (C-E-G). For example,

#1 highlights the C note,

#2 - D,

#3 - E, and so on.

That's what gives the chord progression a feeling of moving up the ladder of notes.


I hope this makes sense. :)

Good luck! Happy guitaring!