Chord Triads in the Style of Eric Johnson – Guitar Lesson on Chord Voicings

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Hey, how’s it going.
My name is John McClennan and
I’m here with guitarcontrol.wpmudev.host.
What I want to show you today is
some Eric Johnson style voicings
and some interesting ways of having
just basic triads on the upper
strings and then the 5th and the
bass on a lower string gives you
an interesting sound.

Here’s what we’re looking at.
We’re looking at a G triad on top:
7, 8, 7 and then a 5 in the bass.
This becomes your G chord. Having
the 5th and the bass gives you a
real strong sound. So if you’re
using a lot of distortion and you
just want a real powerful sounds,
it’s a good way to go. It’s this
kind of voicing.

Then I move that up a whole step
and I’m going to the next chord
in the key, which would be —
if we’re in the key of G, the
next chord would be A minor.
I now change my top triad to
become a minor triad. So here
I have 7th fret, 9th, 10th,
8th and this gives me a nice
A minor chord. I move that up
a whole step to get B minor.
Then I go to the shape that I
started with, back to major triad
on top and the 10th fret. This
gives me a C chord here. Then
I move that up a whole step for D.
So just real nice voicings here.

Let’s keep going. Then we get an
E minor, which is going to be that
second shape again, changing in the
minor triad. It’s this. You can even
drop the low E string in there if
you want. And then the second to
last chord, but the 7th chord in
the scale is going to be F sharp
minor 7, flat 5 or F sharp diminished,
in this case. Which will be this,
which will be the 15th, 17th, 19th,
17th and then finally I’m going to
end here on the very first chord
that I started with, this G, but
up the octave.

So just a real great sound with
these chords. Definitely in the
style of Eric Johnson. So be sure
to get the tab for this by clicking
the link below and you can use some
of these voicings in your playing.
Find a song and try to right away
apply the new chords. Some of these
shapes are tougher, so be sure to
practice just going up and down the
scale first and then use it in a song.

Thanks for watching. We’ll see you
in the next lesson.