Fret Farm

Complete Reference Books for Guitar, Bass and Mandolin
Including Chords, Keys, Scales, Capos, Modulation and Songwriting

More Advanced Chords

This tutorial shows you how to use the chord charts to find chord shapes anywhere on the neck of the guitar.

This tutorial follows on from the playing basic chords tutorial, which shows the basic use of the chord chart diagram.

In the first tutorial you saw how to build up a chord voicing using the chord chart. The same process can be used to generate any number of different voicings for a chord, giving you flexibility to play the chord anywhere on the guitar.

Imagine that you need to play the A chord round about fret 5, because you happened to be coming out of a scale ending on the E string fret 5. A normal chord book wouldn't help you play A at this position on the guitar, but Fret Farm does.

Follow the same rules from the basic tutorial:

You can see that this can be played around the fifth fret as x07650 or 577655, using a barre on the fifth fret.

If the seventh chord was needed at the 8th fret, the same process would lead to a voicing of xx7989.

The mathematical models used in creating Fret Farm show that there are, on average between 50 and 300 different possible ways to voice each chord. Although this does include finger spans up to 4 frets (easier in the second octave of the guitar), it shows that no chord book could possibly give you all the voicings you need to be truly flexible. Using the chord charts in the book, you can easily work out the right chord voicing for you.

One application of this flexibility is to create chord sequences with pivots.