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  The Chord Quake Technique ๐ŸŽธ

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 introโ€™s and outroโ€™s of songs. Try ending a song with this technique (my personal favorite).

Things to watch out for

Make sure youโ€™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 โ€“ the white dot โ€“ 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