Playing in 10ths

by Chris Harrington

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  • HEY GMC!

    Welcome to my new lesson. This time we are taking a look at playing in 10ths! Don't worry its easier than it sounds. A 10th is just the as a 3rd but an octave higher, this gives us a chord using the root note and a 10th. The great thing about these chords is that they give the listener the information they need to decide whether they are hearing a major or minor tonality but the use of the octave to get the 10th creates a very open chord sound that can be used very melodically.

    Songs to check out that use this style are; Blackbird by the Beatles, Many of Horror by Biffy Clyro and 'Hold Back the River' by James Bay.

    In the third video I show an easy way to find 10ths using normal barre chords but I also show how to find them using scales, I do encourage this a lot as you will find interesting ways of playing these beyond just using transposable shapes.




    | C G/B | G | G C G/B | G | G C G/B |

    | G | G Em | D | D C Em | D G/B C | C |

    | C Em D G/B | C | C Em | D G/B C Em |

    | D Am | G | C G/B | G | C G/B | G | C G/B | G

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