Guitar chords help from M.A.M.I. Scale Atlases!

Guitar chords basic theory...
 
You may know that a "Major triad" is based on this musical note interval sequence:
"Triad" means a grouping of three. Playing these three scale intervals: Root tone, perfect third, and 
perfect fifth (R,3,5) simultaneously will create a "Major triad sound". What's important is that triads, 
and chords (harmonies containing 4 or more intervals simultaneously) are generated from scales
 
If we take a "C" Major Scale consisting of the following notes: C=Root, D=perfect 2nd, E=perfect 3rd, 
F=perfect 4th, G=perfect 5th A=perfect 6th, B=perfect 7th, and play the notes C, E, and G together we will 
have created a "C" Major Triad. Add a fourth note with the  interval quality of a perfect 7th ("B") to this group 
then we will have created a "C" Major Chord. Okay, let's continue on...  
 
 
Guitar chords concepts applied...
 
A really great (but perplexing) thing about the guitar is that there are notes "all over the place".
Melodies are played horizontally (notes across a single string), but to play harmonies (chords) we must 
play vertically  (across multiple strings) to sound the simultaneous notes (intervals) to compose the desired chord. 
 
This necessity, combined with the fact that the interval locations resulting from most guitar tunings can make 
visualizing, forming  and sounding chords a real challenge. Often the notes of a guitar chord are fingered and sounded 
in an inverted (out of order) sequence.  For example, a C Major 7th guitar chord might be played by sounding 
these notes in this sequence: C, G, B, E.  This inversion is often employed to ease fingering. 
 
 
Guitar Chords Inversions...
 
Guitar chords sharing the same root notes can sound quite "different" from keyboard chords, due to various 
instrumental inversion possibilities. Advanced guitarists use inversions to ease fingerings and enhance chord sonorities. 
One huge key to improvement and playing well is knowing all note locations on the instrument and understanding the 
interval relationships of the chords and melodies being played within their scalar context. 
 
The "Matrix Approach to Music" addresses this using an easy, complete, and logical system. 
M.A.M.I. Musical Scale Atlases are valuable guitar chord study books 
and have been sought by players and instructors the world over. 
 

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