The Stadium Open A, D, & G

In this lesson I'll show you how to adapt the chords A, D, and G to our overdriven rock tone. This has just as much to do with the notes you don't play as the ones you do, so your left hand muting is an important tool to develop.

Here we're introducing the term "voicing". In simple terms, a voicing is which notes in a chord you select to play, and how you order and space them.

Once you've learned the basic voicings, we'll practice switching between them with a metronome. Then we'll play these along with a rock backing track.

Anders Mouridsen
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HI, When Anders is talking about the D chord, he mentions that as far as the scale goes, it's a 1,5,1,5. I assume that has something to do with the circle of fifths? Did I miss a lesson that explains all of this? Do I need to know this information at this point? Thank you 4 months ago
Josh Workman 4 months ago

Every chord can have some kind kind of scale built from the root. If you stack the 1st, 3rd, and 5th notes of a scale (major, minor or otherwise), you would get some kind of triad or just "chord." If you remove the third of the chord, you get what's called "open 5th," or more commonly a "power chord." If you play your open D chord and leave off the High F # (third of the chord), and let the open A ring out below it, you have the notes A D A D or 5, 1, 5, 1, since A is the 5th and D is the root or "1." I hope this helps.