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  The Chord Quake Technique 🎸

The Chord Quake is a great technique which generates movement within a chord structure, giving you more color and spicing up your chords.

What you will learn

  • How to add "spice" to your bar chords
  • Examples using Emaj9, Am9, and Cmaj7

When to use this technique

The Chord Quake can be applied in lots of music settings.

You can use it rhythmically to create movement/tension within a tune, use it to bring out more colors in a chord, or use it as an arranging technique to use on intro’s and outro’s of songs. Try ending a song with this technique (my personal favorite).

Things to watch out for

Make sure you’re relaxed when using the chord quake. I've noticed many of my students tend to tighten up their left hand to compensate for the movement. Try using as light of a touch, as possible.

Let's dive in!


Lesson Materials

E Major 9 Chord shape

Place your second finger – the white dot – on the 7th fret.


Next steps:

  • First, play a Emaj9 chord
  • Slowly work on the technique, aim for fluid motion
  • Try the technique on other chords

In the next lesson, you'll learn how to take this idea and make it funky