3 Note Chords in the Style of Eric Johnson

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How’s it going, guys? This is John McClennan
and I’m here with guitarcontrol.wpmudev.host, bringing you
this video lesson. I’m going to show you some nice
three-note chords in the style of Eric Johnson and
Eric Johnson is just a phenomenal guitar player. So if
you haven’t heard of him you should go check him out.

Here’s the first chord. We’ve got an E chord and one
of the things I notice right away about his playing
is when he articulates chords a lot of times he’ll play
the pick on one note and then like two other fingers
on two other strings. So you get this kind of sound like…
Or letting all the notes happen at the same time like…
That kind of thing. You can experiment with just the
various articulations of these chords, but here we go.

The first chord is 4th fret, 2nd fret, 4th fret.
That’s an E with a G sharp in the bass. So the roots
for all these chords are going to be on the 4th string.
E, F sharp minor is 5, 4, 6. Move that up a whole step
you’ve got G sharp minor, 7, 6, 8. And then you’ve got
an A major. All these chords happen to be in first inversion,
which means the 3rd of the chord is in the bass. Nine, 7,
9; 11, 9, 11; 12, 11, 13. This is going to be your C
sharp minor. And then your D sharp minor 7 flat 5 or
diminished chord, we’ve got 14, 13, 14 and that spans
out to your very first opening chord, just up the octave.

Play around with the various articulations. Like I said,
like playing the first. Or, all the notes at the same time.
And then, of course, knowing where the roots are there
on the 4th string really helps for the application
of these chords in other tunes.

So check it out. Click the link below for the tab
and I hope this is expanding your chord vocabulary.
We’ll see you next time.