Extended Chords Ballad

by Joe Kataldo

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  • Hi Guys, today lesson is a nice ballad in F major, that uses some nice extended chords, to set warm and soulfulness moods.

    Extended Chords Ballad - 108BPM

    The ballad is arpeggiated throughout with the following progression:

    Fmajor7 - Fmajor7/A

    Fmajor7 - Fmajor7/A

    Gm7/Bb - Fmajor7/A

    Bb - Gm7/11/13

    Fmaj9 - Fmaj9 add 13

    Fmaj9 - Fmaj9 add 13

    Theory Focus

    Inversions are chords that have a different note then the root in the bass: the 3, the 5 or the 7 and they are written as slash chords (chord over a bass note).


    Cmaj7 root position

    Cmaj7/E 1st inversion

    Cmaj7/G 2nd inversion

    Cmaj7/B 3rd inversion

    Each 7th chords has one root position and three inversions, that are commonly use to create smooth connection between chords and step-wise bass movements.

    Techniques Focus

    When arpeggiating with hands, aka playing finger style, all the notes should be played as even as possible, accenting notes only when you want to, and doesn't let it happen randomly during the progression. A relaxed hands floating over the strings will help.

    Pro Tips

    Experiment playing this ballad with flat-pick, finger style, and a combination of both.

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